South Australia’s outstanding volunteers recognised today
A woman who coordinates therapeutic dogs for the elderly and ill was among today's winners at the South Australian Volunteer Awards.
The Joy Noble Medal went Jody Morrish who coordinates about 90 volunteers for her Therapeutic Dog Services that takes dogs to visit hospitals, disability homes, aged care and mental health providers.
More than 1800 South Australian volunteers attended today's volunteer thank you event at the Adelaide Festival Centre where 2016 Cabaret Festival artists Bobby Fox and Rhonda Burchmore entertained them.
Volunteers Minister Zoe Bettison said the concert provides the State Government with an opportunity to recognise and applaud the important work of South Australian volunteers.
Ms Bettison said the Government is focussed on encouraging young South Australians to give volunteering a go by providing scholarships for volunteers aged under 25.
She encouraged young volunteers who are currently enrolled in tertiary or vocational studies to apply for the new round of scholarships of up to $3000 for course fees or textbooks.
Online applications open this Wednesday 15 June, and close on Friday 22 July 2016.
For more information about volunteering and the young volunteer scholarships, visit www.ofv.sa.gov.au or call 1300 014 712.
The Volunteers Day concert is usually held on 13 June but due to scheduling clashes it is being held on Sunday 12 June this year.
More than 900,000 South Australians volunteer, contributing about 1.7 million volunteer hours each week. This volunteering effort is valued at almost $5 billion each year.
Volunteers Minister Zoe Bettison said:
I would like to acknowledge the important role volunteers play in our community and take this opportunity to say thank you to all of South Australia's dedicated volunteers.
Volunteering is a two-way exchange, which benefits the volunteer as well as the community.
The Government is keen to support young people in their volunteering, and reward them for their commitment to their community.
I encourage all young volunteers who are studying to apply for a young volunteer scholarship online at www.ofv.sa.gov.au.
I congratulate all of today's winners and thank them for their outstanding contribution to the state.
Winners of the 2016 South Australian Volunteer Awards:
* Joy Noble Medal - Jody Morrish, for her selfless dedication to helping others through her Therapeutic Dog Services. Jody coordinates more than 87 volunteers who take dogs to visit hospitals, disability, aged care and mental health providers to deliver animal assisted therapy services to hundreds of adults and children each year.
* 'The Andamooka' Community Project Award - the Rail Care Volunteers Community Project, for its transformation of train and tram stations across the state with garden makeovers and graffiti removal. The volunteers support maintenance work and ensure stations are safe and accessible. Future plans include public art and sculptures as well as continued greening projects.
* Premier's Award for Corporate Social Responsibility - Kimberly Clark, of Millicent Mill, for that organisation's commitment to the South East community through workplace volunteering and giving programs. The Mill has also donated cash and products to bushfire relief, Foodbank and local charities, as well as providing financial assistance to local schools, community centres and the CFS.