Tasmanian volunteers praised for hard work

A NUMBER of volunteers have been recognised for their dedication to creating a positive difference in Tasmania.

The 2018 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards acknowledged the valuable contribution volunteers make to the Tasmanian community.

Among local Hobart finalists were Abi Binning from Wide Angle Tasmania, Matthew Dell from South West Cost Marin Debris Cleanup, Leone Scrivener from The University of the Third Age, Hydro Tasmania, MyState Bank and the Tenant’s Union of Tasmania.

Hydro Tasmania, represented by Kate Hickey, won the Volunteering Tasmania Corporate Award for an Employee Volunteering Program.

Volunteering Tasmania’s chief executive officer Alison Lai said the judging panel found it extremely difficult to narrow down the finalists.

She said so many people were doing “incredible things.”

“Volunteering is not measured through the number of hours people give, but by the impact of what they’re doing,” she said.

“It doesn’t matter if you are giving one hour a week, a few hours each month, one day a year or more.

“Collectively, volunteers are contributing an estimated $4.9 billion dollars to Tasmania each year and making a difference, and for this we thank them all.”

Patron of Volunteering Tasmania Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania, hosted the 27 finalists, their nominators, industry sponsors and VIPs at the official Awards ceremony at Government House.

Chairman of Hobart City Council’s Community, Culture and Events Committee Alderman Bill Harvey said volunteers generally received no material reward.

“And yet 160,000 Tasmanians give up their time to work as volunteers every year,” he said.

“It is hard to imagine our society functioning without the resources, time and effort that is freely contributed by volunteers.”

The Volunteer Awards are Tasmania’s only statewide program that formally recognises excellence in volunteering and is supported by the State Government and valued sponsors.

Caption: Local volunteers have been recognised for their achievements at an official event hosted at Government House recently.