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South Australia says thank you to its volunteers

A fearless women’s rights advocate, a bushfire recovery program, a carer support volunteer manager and a recruitment firm with a commitment to social responsibility were all celebrated at the 2021 South Australian Volunteer Awards held on Monday 14 June 2021.

The awards recognise outstanding volunteers from across the state and form part of the annual free Volunteers Day Thank You Event.

From championing the voices of women to fundraising for charities, clearing bushfire debris and mentoring volunteers, each award winner showcases the diversity of ways in which volunteering enriches our state.

Approximately one thousand members of the volunteer community gathered at Her Majesty’s Theatre and were treated to performances by Adelaide Cabaret Festival artists Michael Griffiths, Amber Martin, Willsy and Bob Downe.

Guest speaker Rikki Cooke — social worker, child protection emergency carer and founder of sustainable children’s charity Treasure Boxes — spoke with co-presenters Sophie Thomson and Keagan Wallace about what led her to volunteer, how Treasure Boxes came about and why she’s so passionate about helping disadvantaged children.

Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients and special thanks to the Adelaide Festival Centre, which has provided the venue and Adelaide Cabaret Festival performers for the event since 2006.

This year’s event marks 19 years since South Australia officially proclaimed the Monday of the June long weekend to be Volunteers Day, a special day to celebrate and honour volunteers.

The event, supported by the Department of Human Services, follows last month’s launch of the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2021–27 during National Volunteer Week. The strategy aims to increase the participation of young people, build the capacity of organisations to upskill and retain volunteers, and help more people enjoy the rewarding experience of giving their time.

Recipients of the 2021 South Australian Volunteer Awards

The Joy Noble Medal

Betty Khor (women’s rights advocate)

The Joy Noble Medal is South Australia’s highest distinction for an individual volunteer.

The Premier’s Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

SULLIVAN Consulting

This award recognises the strong contribution of South Australia’s business sector to the community through its support of volunteering.

‘The Andamooka’ Community Project Award

Bushfire Recovery Program (Habitat for Humanity South Australia)

This award recognises innovative community projects.

The Excellence in Volunteer Management Award

Victoria Gautier (Carers and Disability Link)

The Excellence in Volunteer Management Award, in partnership with Volunteering SA&NT, recognises the dedication and commitment of volunteer managers who support and facilitate the engagement of volunteers.

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