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A Classic Hero in Volunteering

By December 13, 2017 No Comments

Celebrating International Volunteer Day in Launceston hits new heights. During a morning tea to recognise International Volunteer Day for Tasmanian volunteers on Friday, Volunteering Services Australia (VSA) CEO Richard Patterson rewarded Jomeh Khademi for his outstanding efforts as a valued part of the community and his continued determination and enthusiasm in volunteering.  Jomeh arrived to Australia as a refugee from Iran three years ago. He was made an honorary Classic Hero Volunteer and received a 7 day holiday to anywhere in Australia or New Zealand, courtesy of Classic Holidays.

High profile guests attended the morning tea including His Worship the Mayor of Launceston – Mayor Albert Van Zetten, MP Ross Hart and MP Michelle O’Byrne represented by Shannon Anis, MP Sarah Courtney represented by Karen Hodgetts and Launceston City Council represented by Sarah McCormack. VSA Members included National Trust, YMCA, TABIS, Launceston Airport, Avidity Training, Red Cross, Beaconsfield Child and Family Centre, Key Assets and TAFE.

“This event is cemented each year in the volunteering calendar to reward and acknowledge the volunteers around Australia. It’s humbling to have such incredible community support. Not only in local government but the community organisations and volunteers who work tirelessly each day, right here in Launceston. Thank you.” Richard Patterson said, CEO VSA.

Honorary Classic Hero Jomeh arrived in Australia as a refugee from Iran three years ago with his wife and children. Jomeh’s dedication and drive to gain enough experience to be able to get a job is truly inspiring. To improve his English he volunteered at various organisations including Harvest Market and Westbury Rotary Club. With limited English Jomeh occasionally struggled but determination paid off. Knowing whether to say “Hello” or “Hi” and trying to say “Have a nice day” was difficult and something most of us would take for granted.

Jomeh has truly progressed in leaps and bounds. He presented at The Westbury Rotary Club on Cultural Diversity. Although extremely nervous, he captivated the audience as he spoke from the heart and did not stop grinning throughout. Jomeh has also been attending TAFE English classes for new Australians and has recently volunteered with St Vincent De Paul in the warehouse. This is all contributing to his confidence, learning of English and increasing his potential for paid employment.

Volunteering opportunities in Launceston available here.

Media Contact: Kristine Lord M: 0477 744 181 E: vsatasmania@vsaustralia.org.au
High Resolution photos available upon request.

VOLUNTEERING SERVICES AUSTRALIA is the largest volunteer resource centre in Australia and is one of the top three community transport operators in the country. With outreach programs across the Gold Coast, West Moreton (Ipswich/Jimboomba) and Launceston, Tasmania


(L to R) Richard Patterson, Kristine Lord, Mayor Albert Van Zetten

(L to R) Classic Hero Volunteer Winner Jomeh Khademi, Kristine Lord & Richard Patterson