Outstanding volunteers from across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains honoured at NSW Volunteer of the Year Award ceremony

Volunteers from across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains were today recognised for their outstanding contribution to volunteering in NSW at a special ceremony in Penrith.

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is an annual event run by The Centre for Volunteering and is the biggest celebration of volunteering across the country.

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Award recipients for the Outer Western Sydney and Blue Mountains region are:

Award Category Winner
Adult Volunteer of the Year Cheryl Adams, Connect Child and Family Services

from Lawson

Senior Volunteer of the Year Helen Fitzgerald, Nepean Hospital Chaplaincy

from Penrith

Volunteer Team of the Year
NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue Unit

from Rooty Hill

Overall Regional Winner Cheryl Adams, Connect Child and Family Services

from Lawson

The Centre for Volunteering CEO Gemma Rygate said volunteers from across the region had made an enormous contribution to the local community.

“Volunteers from across the area give their time helping in schools, hospitals, for sporting clubs, the environment, and with so many community based organisations,” Ms Rygate said.

“They all give so much without asking for anything in return.

“It was so pleasing to recognise their outstanding efforts and also celebrate the special contribution of the volunteers chosen to represent the region in November at the State Final of the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.”

NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue Unit.

The Volunteer Team of the Year Award for the Outer western region went to the amazing 152 team members from the NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue Unit. It’s made up of pilots, engineers and tradies from all walks of life, who give their time to help people lost or injured in remote areas throughout the state.

80-year old Helen Fitzgerald was selected as the Senior Volunteer of the Year for her 22 years of support for patients and their families with the Nepean Hospital Chaplaincy and other groups including the Penrith Bowls Club and Clean Up Australia Day.

For the past eight years the Adult Volunteer of the Year and overall NSW Volunteer of the Year for the region Cheryl Adams has visited tired parents in their home to provide support, help and friendship at times when mums and dads might be struggling with the difficult job of being a parent.

NSW Volunteer of the Year for Outer Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains Cheryl Adams (right) and Michelle Brown from the YAWN project.

The 2018 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is supported by principal partners the Department of Family and Community Services NSW and ClubsNSW, which represents the state?s 1,400 not-for-profit clubs. They are also supported by Etchcraft and Thrifty Car & Truck Rentals.

The 2018 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are supported by principal partners the Department of Family and Community Services NSW and ClubsNSW, which represents the state s 1,400 not-for-profit clubs. They are also supported by Etchcraft and Thrifty Car & Truck Rentals.

NSW Minister responsible for Volunteering, the Hon. Ray Williams, said the state’s 2.1 million volunteers contributed more than $5 billion to the NSW economy every year.

“Nominating local volunteers for an award or a certificate is a special way of saying thank you,” Mr Williams said.

“The fact that so many nominations were received this year is recognition of the amazing effort of volunteers across NSW who help build stronger communities.”

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said that volunteers were the backbone of registered clubs across NSW.

“ClubsNSW is very proud to support the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards and every one of the amazing volunteers recognised today,” Mr Ball said.

“Clubs across NSW rely on 32,000 volunteers to help make their venues a vibrant and enjoyable experience,” Mr Ball said.

“They also contribute so much more to our wider community, adding billions of dollars to the NSW economy each year.”

You can see the photos from the event here


The Centre for Volunteering would like to thank the generosity of the following organisations for their ongoing support of the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards:


Background

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is an annual program launched in 2007 by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding efforts of the 2 million+ volunteers in NSW, and to promote the importance of volunteering to the community.? The Awards are a celebration of the amazing commitment and achievements volunteers make in our communities and a chance for us to come together to give our thanks. The Awards acknowledge the efforts of thousands of volunteers, volunteer managers, volunteer involving organisations and corporates in bringing about social change through volunteering.