Nom­i­na­tions open for awards

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Peo­ple from across the Wim­mera will have the chance to recog­nise out­stand­ing vol­un­teers and vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions with the launch of Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion’s 2019 Vol­un­teer­ing Recog­ni­tion Awards.

The awards are open to nom­i­na­tions from Hor­sham, Yar­ri­ambi­ack, West Wim­mera, Hind­marsh and North­ern Grampians mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Of­fi­cials will launch the awards tonight at Wim­mera Trade Train­ing Cen­tre in Hor­sham.

The 2019 Vol­un­teer­ing Recog­ni­tion Awards will be at Hor­sham Town Hall on May 17.

Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion launched the awards, pre­sented ev­ery two years, in 2013 to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the role vol­un­teers play across the re­gion.

It also de­signed the event to bring to­gether in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions in ac­knowl­edg­ing their out­stand­ing achieve­ments.

Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Pet­tett said vol­un­teers were the back­bone of re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

“Th­ese awards are a great op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise the re­mark­able ef­forts of vol­un­teers, vol­un­teer pro­grams and vol­un­teer-in­volv­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions that make our com­mu­ni­ties so vi­brant,” she said.

“And this year we are ex­cited to wel­come ACE Ra­dio as our ma­jor spon­sor. We have worked with ACE Ra­dio for many years and are pleased to be part­ner­ing with them for the awards.”

Ace Ra­dio Hor­sham gen­eral man­ager Bren­dan O’lough­lin said ACE, through The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser and ra­dio sta­tions 3WM and MIXX FM, were proud to back the awards.

“Ev­ery­body knows re­gional ar­eas are only ever as good as their vol­un­teers,” he said.

“It is no sur­prise the Wim­mera-mallee has some of the high­est vol­un­teer par­tic­i­pa­tion rates in the coun­try – vol­un­teers are the back­bone of our society and to­gether con­trib­ute to the mag­nif­i­cent life­style we can of­fer in re­gional western Vic­to­ria.

“With this in mind it re­ally is an easy de­ci­sion to sup­port th­ese awards and to help ac­knowl­edge the tire­less con­tri­bu­tions made by many in their cho­sen ar­eas, and en­cour­age even more to get in­volved in ar­eas where they live.”

The cen­tre is also part­ner­ing with Bendigo Bank to in­tro­duce a new peo­ple’s choice award in 2019.

Nom­i­na­tions open in Fe­bru­ary, recog­nis­ing achieve­ments across 12 award cat­e­gories.

Or­gan­is­ers are plan­ning road­shows for each mu­nic­i­pal­ity to help with the nom­i­na­tion process.

PART­NER: Ace Ra­dio Hor­sham gen­eral man­ager Bren­dan O’lough­lin.

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