Pat is named Senior Volunteer of the Year

Senior Volunteer of the Year Pat Guild (second from right) with the team at BlowFly Cricket

Umina Beach resident Ms Pat Guild has been named Senior Volunteer of the Year for the Central Coast region in the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Ms Guild has been recognised for her volunteer work at BlowFly Cricket.

BlowFly Cricket was established to enrich the quality of lives of children and young adults who have special needs.

For the past 11 years, Ms Guild has helped provide summer sport to children with intellectual disabilities on the field, fundraising, in schools and as a qualified coach.

Ms Guild, with four other recipients from the Central Coast region, received their recognition in a virtual ceremony among 100 other special guests, volunteers, and community leaders on Thursday, October 1.

All recipients have a chance to become finalists in the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards announced at a Gala State Ceremony in early December.

Centre for Volunteering chief executive Ms Gemma Rygate said volunteers had continued to give their time, energy and compassion even through such hard times.

“This is what the Australian spirit is all about—helping others,” Ms Rygate said.

“It’s about helping your community and never giving up.”

The awards are run by The Centre for Volunteering and recognise the commitment, time, and support that many NSW volunteers provide to their communities each year.

SOURCE:
Media Release, 1 Oct 2020
Gemma Rygate, Centre for Volunteering

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