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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New South Wales Volunteer Awards

Hi to Kristin Romanis who is NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Manager. Kristin is doing a great job promoting this award in the state of New South Wales in Australia and has asked me to post some information about it on my blog. I am happy to oblige!

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Award program recognises and celebrates the enormous contribution of the 2.4 million volunteers in NSW to community life, and this year the Award is proudly supported by Westpac. NSW Minister for Volunteering, the Hon. Peter Primrose, is Patron of the Award.
The Award is an initiative of The Centre for Volunteering, the peak body for volunteering NSW. Now in its fourth year, this is the state-wide Award program recognising and thanking the 2.4 million volunteers in NSW, who generously give more than 235 million work hours each year in NSW, contributing an extraordinary $5 billion to the State’s economy.

There are three major categories of award:
• 2010 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award

• 2010 NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year Award (Judges Choice Award)

• 2010 NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year Award (Judges Choice Award)

• 2010 NSW Volunteer Team of the Year Award

• 2010 NSW Employee (Corporate) Volunteer of the Year Award

“The week in-week out contributions that volunteers make stretch from aged care, education and child welfare and counselling, through to emergency callout, event control to running sports, guiding young people clubs, environmental care and animal protection. There’s hardly an area of life which is not helped by volunteering,” said Lynne Dalton, CEO, The Centre for Volunteering.

The 2010 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award program is run at a Regional and State level – with 19 regions throughout NSW and eight of them in Sydney. The Regional Youth, Senior and Volunteer Team winners will be announced in Ceremonies in the Award’s 19 regions from mid-October to mid-November. Regional winners will then be entered for the title of 2010 NSW Volunteer of the Year to be presented on Friday, 3 December at Parliament House in Sydney, to coincide with International Volunteer Day on 5 December.

Ms Dalton is calling upon the whole of NSW to come together to support volunteers and the Award. “Together we can celebrate the wonderful work of these young volunteers who do so much to make a difference in the lives of others and the overall spirit of the community.”

Nominations close on Thursday, 30 September 2010.

To nominate people for the Award and for more information visit: http://www.nswvolunteerawards.com/

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