23 August, 2017

Volunteers from the Sydney Inner West region were recognised for their outstanding contribution at the Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards held in Burwood today.

The top award went to Skye Kim of Strathfield who received both the overall 2017 Sydney Inner West region Volunteer of the Year Award and the Young Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with The Rotary Club of Strathfield.

“Skye’s enthusiasm for worthy causes has seen her campaign for Indigenous rights with Amnesty, stand at train stations at 6 in the morning to raise money for diabetes research and selling badges for Legacy,” said Gemma Rygate, the CEO of The Centre for Volunteering.

“Skye has personally raised thousands of dollars for charities and she has inspired and cajoled her school mates to volunteer as well.

“The Volunteer of the Year Awards recognise the nation working hard at a grassroots level to deliver resilient and compassionate communities,” said Gemma Rygate, the CEO of The Centre for Volunteering. “This year there has been a record number of nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Awards, with almost 110,000 volunteers recognised across all categories,” Ms Rygate said.

“Volunteering is a mutual gift, delivering rewards to both the giver and the receiver. Volunteering contributes $290 billion to Australia’s economic and social good,” Ms Rygate said.

Award Category Winner
Overall Winner
Volunteer of the Year
 Skye Kim
Youth Volunteer of the Year
(up to 24 years)
 Skye Kim
Adult Volunteer of the Year
(25 – 64 years)
Ivana Morris
Senior Volunteer of the Year
(65+ years)
 Ming Xu
Volunteer Team of the Year  Dress for Success Sydney Jail Outreach Team

The Minister responsible for volunteering, Ray Williams, said the awards are an important opportunity to celebrate the contribution of local volunteers.

“The efforts of volunteers here today have, no doubt, greatly improved the lives of Sydney Inner West region residents. The NSW Government acknowledges and thanks all volunteers for their valuable contributions and commitment to creating inclusive communities.”

“People who volunteer are often happier, healthier and more connected to their communities,” Mr Williams said.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said the club industry was pleased to be Principal Corporate Partner of the 11th Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards. On behalf of 1300 member clubs, ClubsNSW recognises and acknowledges the valuable efforts of the 2.4 million volunteers in NSW.

“Clubs across NSW generate over 40,000 volunteers in the club industry who dedicate more than a million hours of their time per year- we are incredibly grateful for their enormous contribution in building and strengthening our local communities.”

Twenty regional Volunteer of the Year Award ceremonies are held around NSW.

All regional winners are in the running for the overall NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, which will be announced at a gala event in Sydney in December.

The Volunteer of the Year Awards are generously supported by principal partners, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and ClubsNSW. Other sponsors are Bupa Aged Care and Thrifty Car Rentals.

The event photos can be found here.