Vol­un­teer a State fi­nal­ist

North West Telegraph - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

A South Hed­land Youth In­volve­ment Coun­cil vol­un­teer has joined 10 other fi­nal­ists in the 2018 WA Peo­ple’s Choice Spirit of Vol­un­teer­ing Awards.

For jug­gling full-time work at BHP, vol­un­teer­ing for YIC’s Deadly Hearts pro­gram and Min­gle Mob, and res­ur­rect­ing Girl Guides in town, Hed­land’s Kate Field-Akred has been nom­i­nated.

The awards, which are pre­sented by the Com­mu­nity News Group, high­light the ex­tra­or­di­nary work peo­ple do in their com­mu­ni­ties and win­ners are de­ter­mined by votes from the pub­lic. Ms Field-Akred said she was hon­oured by the nom­i­na­tion and en­joyed be­ing a part of YIC.

“I got in­volved last year when YIC’s so­cial en­ter­prise Fresh Start Cafe catered for the BHP Port and Rail Fam­ily Day,” she said.

“From there I spoke to one of the youth work­ers about what they do and how they im­pact the com­mu­nity and thought it was pretty cool. Then from there I started vol­un­teer­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

Ms Field-Akred vol­un­teers ev­ery week as part of the YIC’s Deadly Hearts pro­gram, vol­un­teers with the Min­gle Mob Bus Ser­vice at night, is driv­ing an art project for a mu­ral on a Drug and Al­co­hol Test­ing Build­ing and has helped res­ur­rect Girl Guides in town.

“I do it be­cause I en­joy see­ing the im­pact YIC has had on the town,” she said. “I think they make a re­ally good con­tri­bu­tion to the youth and I just like be­ing a part of that.

“I think when you start talk­ing about hav­ing an im­pact I re­ally see it when you see the younger chil­dren learn lessons and val­ues at a young age and they take them with them as they get older — that’s why I en­joy the Deadly Hearts pro­gram. Join­ing Min­gle Mob has been a re­ally dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence too, see­ing the di­rect im­pact YIC has where they pick up kids and take them to a safe place and off the street at night is very clear and that’s why it’s im­por­tant to me.”

Ms Field-Akred said re­gard­less of whether she won the award, see­ing the im­pact YIC and her fel­low vol­un­teers made would keep her com­ing back each week.

Ms Field-Akred will join the 10 other fi­nal­ists at a Gala Din­ner at the Hy­att Perth on May 24, when the win­ner will be an­nounced. Read­ers can vote at judg­ify.me/pub­lic-vot­ing/peo­pleschoice.

Pic­ture: Youth In­volve­ment Coun­cil

Deadly Hearts pro­gram youth con­grat­u­lateKate Field-Akred.

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