Endeavour Foundation pays tribute to its selfless volunteers

25 June 2015

Leading disability service provider Endeavour Foundation is paying tribute to the enthusiasm and dedication of its 1,100 plus volunteers during National Volunteer Week (May 11th-17th) with celebrations being held across 94 locations in Queensland and New South Wales.

To mark the event, morning and afternoon teas will be held in each of Endeavour Foundation’s disability support and employment services and recycled clothing stores.

Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo said volunteers make a wonderful contribution in all facets of the organisation, from supporting people with a disability in employment roles involving manufacturing, recycling and food packaging, to working alongside people to develop their skills in gardening, cooking and more.

“I really appreciate the tireless work and commitment of our volunteers who give selflessly to help people with a disability, and owe each of them my thanks for everything they do,” Mr Barbagallo said.

To mark the event, volunteer Bundaberg gardener Les Jones has been awarded Endeavour Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year for his top gardening and handyman work, to beautify the area outside of the Learning and Lifestyle hub in the city.

“It was a surprise to receive the award because I don’t do it to get praise, I just love to help and seeing the wonderful people with a disability who use Endeavour Foundation’s services,” Les said.

The three other finalists were long-serving volunteer Helen Gilmour from Alexandra Hills as well as volunteers Carol McLeay and Sheila Gritton for their stellar efforts in assisting employees to sort through recycled clothes and other items at Endeavour Foundation business service in Townsville.

The theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week is ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’, demonstrating the power of volunteering and its ability to boost people’s happiness levels.

Endeavour Foundation welcomes volunteers from a range of backgrounds including students, job seekers, retirees or others who want to devote their skills and time to the organisation’s recycled clothing stores, disability employment sites, day services for people with a disability, or even assisting with events or other programs. In the process they gain new skills and widen their friendship circle by working alongside people with a disability, staff and other volunteers.

For more volunteering opportunities with Endeavour Foundation contact our Volunteering Department on volunteering@endeavour.com.au or phone (07) 3908 7253.

Note to media – Mr Barbagallo is available for interview.

Contact: Stephanie Fitzpatrick, Media and Communications Officer 
on 0418 741 503 or s.fitzpatrick@endeavour.com.au

Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to provide opportunities for people with a disability so they may participate in the everyday life of the community. Operating in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, Endeavour Foundation delivers training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities and education and accommodation services with a focus on empowering individuals to reach their full potential.

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