Out­stand­ing con­trib­u­tors recog­nised

Wanneroo Weekender - - Australia Day 2017 -

A WAN­NEROO pi­o­neer, teenage phi­lan­thropist and can­cer sup­port group have been given Aus­tralia Day hon­ours by the City of Wan­neroo.

Carmela Si­na­gra, Ali­cia Tavani (15) and Two Rocks Yanchep As­sisted Can­cer Trav­els (TRYACT) were recog­nised for their com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions at the City’s cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony.

Mrs Si­na­gra, a found­ing and proac­tive mem­ber of the An­to­nian Se­niors’ Group for the past 25 years, re­ceived the award for an in­di­vid­ual aged over 25 who has made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

She “works tire­lessly” for the group or­gan­is­ing events and ac­tiv­i­ties, and pre­vi­ously re­ceived pi­o­neer sta­tus from the City.

Wan­neroo teenager Ali­cia won the Charles Searson youth award for her fundrais­ing and vol­un­teer­ing ef­forts.

“Break­ing down the bar­ri­ers of bul­ly­ing and self-es­teem, she has proven that with the right at­ti­tude and ded­i­ca­tion, it is en­tirely pos­si­ble to achieve your wildest dreams,” a City state­ment said.

“From se­ri­ously ill chil­dren to clean­ing up Aus­tralia and ed­u­cat­ing teens on the im­pacts of bul­ly­ing, Ali­cia has shown that with a lit­tle hard work, ev­ery sin­gle per­son has the op­por­tu­nity to help make their com­mu­nity a safer, hap­pier place to live, work and play.”

The com­mu­nity group award was given to TRYACT, which pro­vides free trans­port from Yanchep and Two Rocks to var­i­ous Perth hos­pi­tals for peo­ple un­der­go­ing can­cer treat­ments.

Sue Dash and Jo Hold­ing helped es­tab­lish the group in 2013 that was praised for “al­le­vi­at­ing at least some of the fi­nan­cial and lo­gis­ti­cal stress away from their clients”.

“This or­gan­i­sa­tion’s out­stand­ing ef­forts are so in­spir­ing that a num­ber of for­mer clients have gone on to be­come vol­un­teer driv­ers.” Youth award win­ner Ali­cia Tavani.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d445137

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d401767

Jo Hold­ing and Sue Dash from TRYACT.

Pic­ture: Emma Reeves d421519

Carmela Si­na­gra with her hus­band Joe.

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