The inaugural Gold Coast Volunteer Awards will be celebrated at HOTA this Saturday 25 May. With over 95 entries this year, spanning over six categories, the calibre of volunteers has been astonishing. The youngest finalist Taz Traill only 8 years of age.
“We have been humbled by some incredible entries. I am delighted to be at the forefront of such a prestigious event that is purely for the Volunteers on the Gold Coast. The talented, generous, creative volunteers on the Gold Coast deserve to be acknowledged, recognised and praised, which is why we have this spectacular event.” said Simon Nugus – CEO Volunteering Services Australia.
This year there has been a rise in the power of science contributing to the local community. Seeing the blend of science and social services being used to create better and more diverse programs for the community.
We are reminded, that we are stronger in numbers and can achieve more as a team. There have been many community programs formed, with one community program reaching over 50,000 people alone.
Volunteers are breaking down barriers in mental health, with programs in place to make mental health support programs easier to access for all. With more entries than ever expected, it strengthens something we already knew. Volunteering not only benefits the community, but can also empower the volunteer by increasing self-worth.
Not only do the volunteers help their local community, they also inspire. One finalist for Youth Volunteer of the Year – Taz Traill, is only 8 years of age. He not only volunteers his time and money to his local community, he also inspires people four to five times his age to do more. We are reminded that you do not have to be a ‘grown up’, to make a world difference.
One category that has proven to be a huge success is the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. This has helped identify individuals who are impacting organisations creating inclusion and mainstream interaction for everybody.
The six categories for the Awards include 1. Youth Volunteer of the Year 2. Volunteer Coordinator of the Year 3. Volunteer of the Year 4. Community Project of the Year 5. Community Organisation of the Year 6. Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year.
The Gold Coast Volunteer Awards will be held on Saturday 25 May 2019 at HOTA, Paradise Room, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. Doors open at 4pm with the award ceremony starting at 5pm. Media recommended to arrive at 5pm.
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VOLUNTEERING SERVICES AUSTRALIA – Is an initiative of Volunteering Gold Coast. It 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.