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Endeavour Foundation marked National Volunteer Week (May 14th-19th) with a range of events to celebrate the extraordinary support given by hundreds of volunteers.
More than 800 people volunteer their time to support people with a disability and their incredible contribution was honoured with morning and afternoon teas and barbecues at services and stores throughout Queensland and in Sydney.
Endeavour Foundation Recycled Clothing stores held a Volunteer of the Year program with nominees from areas from Sydney to Cairns, all having done an amazing job in giving their time and skills for the stores.
The overall winner of the Endeavour Foundation Recycled Clothing Volunteer of the Year Award for 2012 is Lyn Hood of the Nanango store. The store is run entirely by volunteers with Lyn working as the volunteer convenor for the last 13 years. She works an average of 23 hours a week over three days and is always on call. She completes all of the regular store manager duties from training other volunteers to running the store to completing all of the paperwork for ordering and banking. She is caring, selfless and determined and a deserved winner of the award.
The runners-up are Margaret Limpus of the Woree store who started out volunteering in the Cairns store. She volunteers for an amazing 24 hours a week with a ‘can do’ attitude and often works long after the other volunteers have gone home.
Thelma Mayes of the Maryborough store has volunteered for Endeavour Foundation for more than 36 years. She walks to the store in rain, hail or shine, has acted as assistant manager for up to three days a week, organises staff and volunteers, completes paperwork and banking duties and we couldn’t keep the store open without her.
Congratulations to Lyn, Margaret and Thelma and thank you to all Endeavour Foundation volunteers for their incredible contribution to supporting people with a disability. CEO David Barbagallo is in awe of them.
“We couldn’t do without our volunteers who have a long history at Endeavour Foundation and we would be nowhere without their magnificent contribution over the years,” he said.
“They are wonderful people who are selfless with their time and energy.
“There are hundreds of people who give their time to improve our services, stores and events, and who work so tirelessly on committees and on the Board and they are simply amazing.”
David Coles Media and Communications Officer
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