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Volunteers honoured at Wesley Mission's Hawaiian Luau

28 November 2017 Wesley Mission news

Over 190 volunteers sipped on Maui summer sunset mocktails and enjoyed authentic performances by Polynesian dancers while at Wesley Luau—Wesley Mission's 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Function on 19 November. 

The awards ceremony honoured the commitment of Wesley Mission’s 6,500 volunteers who have sacrificially given their time, skills and resources to do all the good they can over the last 12 months.

Polynesian dance group at Wesley Mission's Volunteer Appreciation Awards

“All these people do a great job, making these awards all the more important as a means to acknowledge them,” said Volunteering Manager, Richard Duncan.

“As we recognised those volunteers who were nominated, I think it’s important to remember that it takes a village to raise a child and that each of us have a part to play.

“So let us also remember and give thanks to all our 6,500 volunteers with Wesley Mission and the six million across Australia who in their own way do all the good they can.”

Each year, Wesley Mission’s senior management take on the role of waiters to serve those who have devoted their time to giving back to others, while the awards are presented. This year, Wesley Mission’s CEO, the Rev Keith Garner announced winners in six categories, chosen from 70 nominees.

Volunteers at Wesley Luau

The overall award for Volunteer of the Year was given to Di Saunders, who has volunteered as a Telephone Crisis Supporter for Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland for the last 13 years. While Di was unable to attend the awards ceremony, Sue Banks, Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland Crisis Support Coordinator, accepted the award on her behalf.

“Over her 13 years and 2,500 hours on the phone Di has set the standard trained many new volunteers and represented the team and Lifeline centres. Di is a fine example of someone who does all the good she can in all the ways she can,” said Mr Duncan.

Category winners:

Youth: Knox Grammar School

Adult: Di Saunders, Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland and Amanda White, Wesley Dalmar Out of Home Care Taree

Seniors: James (Jimmy) Hill, Wesley School for Seniors

Corporate Volunteer Individual: Fiona (Fee) Mulhall, AMP Bank

Corporate Volunteer Team: AMP Foundation

Volunteer Team: Wesley Connect

Rev Keith Garner presents award to Sue Banks on behalf of Di Saunders