VOLUNTEERS ENCOURAGED TO ENTER NSW VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Volunteers Encouraged to enter NSW Volunteer of the Year Award

24th July 2007

The Member for Lismore, Thomas George, today encouraged local not-for-profit organisations to nominate their most dedicated workers for the inaugural NSW Volunteer of the Year Award.

“This is a wonderful initiative to honour the contribution the 1.4 million volunteers make to NSW,” said Thomas George.

The Volunteer of the Year Awards were launched on behalf of the Centre for Volunteering by the NSW Minister for Volunteering, Linda Burney. The Minister, who is Patron of the awards, has called for representatives of the thousands of no-for-profit organisations in NSW to nominate their most committed workers.

The awards are being promoted and conducted on a regional basis throughout the State Regional award ceremonies will take place during October, regional winners will take part in State judging. An award ceremony to honour all winners will be held on December 5 – International Volunteer Day.

“We hope that in the future, other States take up the NSW initiative to enable the awards to become a national program,” said Thomas George.

Volunteers in Australia are estimated to contribute about $12.5 billion a year through their unpaid efforts. In NSW the figure is more than 43 billion a year.

Volunteer work ranges from aged care, education, child welfare and counselling, through to emergency callout, event control, running sporting clubs, environmental care and animal protection.

“There’s hardly an area of life that is not helped by volunteering. We will be making every effort to ensure the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award recognises that invaluable unpaid effort,” said Thomas George.

The awards organiser, The Centre for Volunteering, is the peak body for more than 330,000 not-for-profit organizations in NSW.

For further information about the Awards or to nominate a volunteer, please do not hesitate to contact my office on 6621 3624.

Media contact Thomas George 6621 3624 or 0427 360 781

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577