International Volunteer Day
The global celebration endorsed by the United Nation’s – International Volunteer Day 5 December 2017 was celebrated Australia wide. With celebrations from community and not for profit organisations, acknowledging and rewarding their volunteers.
Our annual show stopping IVD Gala Dinner Awards held Tuesday 5 December 2017 at the Sharks Event Centre was a huge success with a record number of over 330 guests this year. The who’s who of the Gold Coast attended to celebrate and pay recognition to Gold Coast volunteers, not for profit organisations and community projects.
International Volunteer Day is a celebration of the contribution volunteers make to the community through the donation of their time, skills and enthusiasm. With the award program well underway by October / November this year, we exceeded expectations with over 100 nominations.
Judges were amazed at the standard of entries and overwhelmed with such inspiring, magical, talented people.
The finalists and winners receive national recognition in a 12 month campaign, showcasing their inspiring endeavours.
Although there has to be a winner in each category, it is safe to say that every single nominee and finalist are winners in our eyes.
The IVD Gala Awards night is shaped up to be a massive celebration. With record numbers of guests and nominees, show stopping entertainment, a delicious 3 course meal and fabulous lucky door prizes. It was the perfect way for all volunteers on the Gold Coast to be recognised and to celebrate.
The International Volunteer Day Winners for 2017 include:
Gold Coast Volunteer of 2017 Robert Campbell – Scouts Association
Bob Campbell has dedicated his life to helping young people having commenced his scouting in Nerang Scout Group in 1989. He’s been a source of inspiration and professionalism and has been a strong advocate for all youth on the Gold Coast. Previously Bob was the Region Commissioner for the Gold Coast and now the Deputy Chief Commissioner for Major Activities. Bob promotes the value of youth involvement in decision making and is a tireless volunteer who is totally committed to the development of young people.
Gold Coast Youth Volunteer of 2017 Sera Jeong- Multicultural Families Organisation
Sera Jeong has been a dedicated volunteer since June 2016, assisting many not for profit Organisations on the Gold Coast. Sera is in the Gardening Group at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, where she volunteered each Wednesday and in school holidays, maintaining the gardens. She also volunteers at the Multicultural Families Organisation (MFO) on the ‘ Homework Club Program’. Assisting the youth from multicultural non English speaking backgrounds. She has been volunteering in this program at Southport Library as a tutor.
Gold Coast Co-ordinator of 2017 Belinda Welsh – Ronald McDonald House
Belinda has been an inspiration for her team of volunteers. She’s recently faced a significant illness that has led to some very long periods of absence from work. During this time the wonderful volunteer team she had built, coached mentored and inspired, continued to support families. Belinda’s passion, commitment and time generously offered supporting the work the volunteers under take on a daily basis is simply incredible.
Gold Coast Community Project of 2017 Coastal Community Engagement Program Griffith Centre for Coast Management
Ocean Connect is a small NGO based on the Gold Coast that over the past 4 years has provided environmental education programs to over 24,000 school children in South East Queensland. The organisation was established to raise environmental awareness for Gold Coast marine environments.
The organisation has educated the community on the impacts of marine debris on Gold Coast waterways and how to minimise the impacts.
Gold Coast Community Organisation of 2017 – Australian Anti Ice Campaign
Australian Anti Ice Campaign is the only organisation in Australia to take people after addiction recovery and provide training to enable them to inspire and empower the youth in high schools. From lived experience and evidence best practise on the dangers associated with the drug ICE as well as other drugs. In addition the educators conduct brief interventions with people in addiction to help create pathways into recovery. Australian Anti Ice Campaign started 3 years ago by Andrea Simmons who was entrapped in ice addiction.