Volunteer Awards nominations open

Call for nominations for the 2019 South Australian Volunteer awards


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HELPING HAND: South Australia's Department of Human Services is seeking nominations for the state's Volunteers Awards.

HELPING HAND: South Australia's Department of Human Services is seeking nominations for the state's Volunteers Awards.

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The awards recognise South Australian volunteers in three different categories.

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NOMINATIONS for the 2019 South Australian Volunteer Awards are currently open.

Nominations will close at 5pm on April 26 and the state government is calling on people to put names of those they see doing good in their local communities forward.

Each year, three awards are presented to recognise the volunteering achievements of individuals, businesses and community projects across the state for their service and contributions to the community.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said South Australians volunteered the equivalents of around 1.73 million hours of time every week.

"South Australia has one of the most dedicated volunteering communities in the country, boasting some of the highest volunteering rates in Australia, with more than 905,000 South Australians volunteering," she said.

"Volunteering can take many different forms - from helping others in emergencies, keeping our beaches safe, supporting a sporting club, delivering meals, or even helping your neighbour run errands."

Awards are handed out in three categories - the Joy Noble Medal for individual volunteers, the Premier's Award for Corporate Social Responsibility and the Andamooka Community Project Award.

Winners will be announced at a special event in June.

The winner of the 2017 Joy Noble Medal Mike Brisco manages not-for-profit organisation Bikes for Refugees and said the award had provided a significant boost to the organisation.

"The award has helped increase donations of bikes so we can now meet demand," he said.

For more information or to nominate, click here.

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