Tony Burke hosts afternoon tea to recognise local heroes in Watson

To celebrate International Day of the Volunteer Member for Watson, Tony Burke today hosted an afternoon tea to recogonise 9 outstanding local volunteers, presenting the recipients with the National Volunteer Award.

These Awards say thank you to individuals who make an important contribution to the Watson community through volunteering.

“Watson relies heavily on the contribution of volunteers –local heroes who give up their free time to deliver services, in the areas of sport, emergency services and community welfare.”

“It is important to acknowledge that our volunteers not only strengthen our community in Watson, but as a nation we are all the richer for them.”

2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the International year of Volunteers. The theme for the world- wide celebrations is ‘Inspire the Volunteer in You’ – recognising that everyone can be a volunteer and make a valuable contribution to their community.

To mark this special year we are recognising those individuals who work tirelessly as volunteers- whose commitment to helping others goes above and beyond.

The following local volunteers and organisations received the award:

Nathaniel Johansen-James: The Riverwood Squadron Australian Air League
Taylor B: Riverwood Squadron Australian Air League
Eva Z: Salvation Army Campsie
Sam H: Bankstown City Council Youth Committee
Catherine G: St Jerome’s Catholic Church ,Punchbowl
Jon S: The Metro Migrant Resource Centre
Elham A: Banksia Road Primary School, Parents and Citizens Association
Rea G: Banksia Road Primary School, Parents and Citizens Association