Volunteers were recognised last week for their outstanding contribution at the annual Volunteer of the Year Awards at South Newcastle Rugby League Club.
The top award went to Alison McPhee from Belmont who received both the Young 2017 Hunter Region Volunteer of the Year Award and the overall regional winner’s award for her work with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
She was described as kind, supportive and able to put children at ease.
She has a knack with children, soothing them with her smile and fun-loving nature.
“The Volunteer of the Year Awards recognise the nation working hard at a grassroots level to deliver resilient and compassionate communities,” said Ms Rygate.
“This year there has been a record number of nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Awards, with almost 110,000 volunteers recognised across all categories,” Ms Rygate said.
“Volunteering is a mutual gift, delivering rewards to both the giver and the receiver. Volunteering contributes $290 billion to Australia’s economic and social good,” Ms Rygate said.