Honour for vol­un­teer Val

Rochy stal­wart recog­nised for com­mu­nity work

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

VOL­UN­TEERS were cel­e­brated on Thurs­day at the an­nual Cam­paspe Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer Awards.

And Rochester’s very own Val Gled­hill took out the top award.

Val was pre­sented with the In­di­vid­ual Award at a morn­ing tea hosted by Cam­paspe Shire deputy mayor Vicki Neele to co­in­cide with Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week which ran from May 21-27.

Cr Neele said the vol­un­teer awards pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to say thank you to our com­mu­nity vol­un­teers who give up their time and work tire­lessly for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers.

“The on­go­ing sup­port and com­mit­ment of vol­un­teers is the heart and soul of our vi­brant com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

‘‘Our shire is a much bet­ter place thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion of our won­der­ful vol­un­teers.’’

Each year awards are pre­sented in three cat­e­gories; In­di­vid­ual, Young Per­son and Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

In­di­vid­ual Award – Val Gled­hill

A mother of four, Val is a dairy farmer and or­chardist and in her spare time gives freely of her tal­ents and or­gan­i­sa­tional skills to schools, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and sport­ing clubs.

Val is a found­ing mem­ber and trea­surer of the C4R com­mit­tee in Rochester.

She is also a found­ing mem­ber and head com­mit­tee per­son of the Rochester Mural Fes­ti­val.

Val is a ded­i­cated mem­ber of the Rochester His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and Rochester Probus Club as well as a mem­ber of the selec­tion com­mit­tee for the Rochester Bowls Club. A leader of the Anglican Church Car­i­tas group for over 50 years, Val has and con­tin­ues to en­rich the lives and wel­fare of the Rochester com­mu­nity. The other win­ners were:

Young Per­son Award – Daniel Phy­land

At 15 years of age Daniel has been vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity for eight years — more than half his life.

His self­less work be­gan as a cub scout and still con­tin­ues em­brac­ing the prom­ise he made to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity and help other peo­ple.

Daniel is an ac­tive vol­un­teer in the Ju­nior Fire Bri­gade and was awarded Ju­nior Fire­fighter of the Year at the 2017 Ju­nior Fire Bri­gade cham­pi­onships.

Rais­ing money for the Good Fri­day Ap­peal and ded­i­cat­ing time to the com­mu­nity Christ­mas din­ner are two key an­nual events on Daniel’s vol­un­teer­ing cal­en­dar.

Daniel is in­volved in many fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and aware­ness cam­paigns, which in­clude the One Mil­lion Stars to end vi­o­lence com­mu­nity work­shop, An­zac Day marches and Clean Up Aus­tralia Day.

Daniel up­holds the be­lief that young peo­ple are will­ing to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and con­trib­ute gen­er­ously to the com­mu­nity.

Or­gan­i­sa­tion Award - Echuca-Moama Show So­ci­ety

The Echuca-Moama Show So­ci­ety com­mit­tee works tire­lessly through­out the year, rais­ing funds to en­able the com­mu­nity to en­joy free ac­tiv­i­ties at the an­nual show.

The com­mit­tee caters for events and pro­motes the an­nual event by hold­ing sausage siz­zles at pony clubs, Bun­nings and Coles.

All pro­ceeds from these events fund free en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties at the show.

The show com­mit­tee also con­trib­utes to up­grad­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the show­grounds, mak­ing it a safer and more pre­sentable lo­ca­tion for ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors.

“On be­half of the en­tire Cam­paspe com­mu­nity, I’d like to ac­knowl­edge and thank all of the nom­i­nees for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to our com­mu­nity,’’ Cr Neele said.

‘‘The health and well­be­ing of our res­i­dents is ex­po­nen­tially greater be­cause of their self­less and un­tir­ing work.’’

Val Gled­hill.

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