Nominate a local hero for annual awards

On International Volunteers Day (5 Dec), Ninderry MP Dan Purdie is encouraging locals to think about recognising the efforts of community volunteers and nominating them for a Coolum Beach LionsAustralia Day Award.

Dan caught up with members of the 2019 Coolum Beach LionsAustralia Day Community Group of the Year, Quota International Coolum Beach, to reflect on the many fundraising campaigns they have worked over the past 25 years they have been serving the local community.

“Quota International is a perfect example of a local group who have been recognised with an Australia Day Awards for their tireless efforts and dedication to our local community,” Mr Purdie said.

“Every year they work hard to raise much needed funds to support local campaigns including our rural fire brigades, domestic violence victims, the STEMM program at Burnside High, Hear and Say, and Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled, to name a few.

“As we prepare to celebrate International Volunteers Day, I encourage everyone to stop and have a think about volunteers and community members who dedicate significant time and energy helping others.

“We all know they don’t do it for the recognition, but these awards are certainly a wonderful gesture of our appreciation.”

Lions Club of Coolum Beach spokesperson Doug Alford said nominations are being called for Citizen of the Year, Young Person of the Year, Community Group of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

“It always makes for a difficult decision making process, but we’re keen to get as many entries as possible for the 2020 Awards, as we know there are many who deserve to be nominated, “ Mr Alford said.

Winners will be announced at Coolum’s annual Australia Day celebrations in Tickle Park on January 26, 2020.

Nominations can be sent to Doug by email to ddalford@iprimus.com.au.  Any phone enquires to Doug Alford on 0413 019078. Nominations close Friday 17 Jan 2020.

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