The invaluable contribution volunteers make in the local community was celebrated last month when the Clarence City Council held its Clarence Community Spirit Gala and Citizenship Awards ceremony at Blundstone Arena.
The panel of judges faced a daunting task of selecting winners from the 64 nominees for the Community Event, Young Citizen, Senior Citizen and Citizen of the Year awards.
Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said the gala, held during National Volunteer Week, was the perfect event to showcase the generosity, hard work and commitment that makes a huge positive difference in Clarence. “Just within the first three months of this year, Council’s Clarence Community Volunteer Service has contributed an impressive 2,131.5 hours – contributing over $432,000 of value to the Clarence community,” he said.
“And this group of volunteers are only 64 volunteers of the total 8,934 people in Clarence who did volunteer work through a group or organisation in 2021.
“If 64 dedicated volunteers are contributing that much to our community, imagine what the contribution of 8,934 volunteers must look like!”
Citizen of the Year
In 2021, Lewi embarked on an almost impossible fundraising mission: to climb 158 abels – peaks more than 1,100m high – in 158 days and raise $158,0000 for Cancer Council Tasmania.
He took two years to plan the trip, and successfully completed it on 10 June 2022 – his 30th birthday. He was successful in achieving his goal of raising $1000 per abel, and to date has raised more than $164,000 for Cancer Council Tasmania.
Young Citizen of the Year
Grace is an integral part of the local advocacy group YNAG. Always the first to put up her hand to volunteer, Grace often gives up her weekends to help.
Senior Citizen of the Year
Alan and Annette Richardson
Alan and Annette have given hundreds of volunteer hours over the past 36 years running the Clarence Football Club bingo.
Community Event of the Year (three winners)
Rosny Library – Clarence Reads Twilight Reading Fair; Warrane Community Garden Springfest; Bellerive Parkrun.