Volunteering Services Australia held their annual Gold Coast Volunteer Awards at HOTA on Saturday 25 May.
Over 190 guests attended the awards night to celebrate and pay recognition to Gold Coast volunteers, not-for-profit organisations and community projects.
Councillor Gary Baildon AM, Division 7 the east of the City of Gold Coast, officially opened the evening and praised volunteers for their continuous dedication and hard work that contributes to the community and not-for-profit organisations.
There were six award categories presented on the evening, including the new category “Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the year” which received several nominations.
The youngest winner of the awards was Taz Traill who is just 8 years of age. He motivates his peers to volunteer and shows everyone that regardless of the age anyone can make positive changes to benefit the community.
Simon Nugus, CEO of Volunteering Services Australia, was delighted with how the event went. “Each and every entrant were incredibly inspiring, so to get three finalists in each category was difficult, let alone finding the winner. Volunteers work so hard helping others, they rarely take time for themselves. Which is why we wanted to host the Gold Coast Volunteer Awards at HOTA.” Said Simon Nugus – CEO of Volunteering Services Australia.
“Every volunteer that celebrated National Volunteer Week and the Gold Coast Volunteer Awards with their peers, were able to shine. It is ever so humbling and we are so grateful to have so many volunteers on the Gold Coast.” Said Simon Nugus.
The winners received some incredible prizes including a 7 day Classic Holiday in Australia or New Zealand thanks to sponsors Classic Holidays and a customised marketing strategy valued at $15,000 provided by The Double M Project.
Gold Coast Volunteer Awards Winners for 2019 include:
Volunteer of the Year: Greg Wright – Sailability Gold Coast
Youth Volunteer of the Year: 8 years old Taz Traill – Walk With Us
Volunteer Coordinator of the Year: Wendy Green – United Hands of Hope
Community Project of the Year: Nerang Neighbourhood Centre Food Service
Community Organisation of the Year: Rize Up Australia
Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year: Albatross Nippers Special Needs March Past Team
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VOLUNTEERING SERVICES AUSTALIA 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.