Moore Creek local wins charity's volunteer of the year award
Tim Collins from Moore Creek, northern NSW, has won Camp Quality’s “Gillard Volunteer Award” for his tireless work helping to create a better life for kids living with cancer in northern NSW, coinciding with National Volunteer Week (11 – 17 May).
Tim, 45, has volunteered with Camp Quality for 17 years and is now a Camp Leader, where he plans specialised activities and coordinates other volunteers at Camp Quality’s resilience-building camps for children living with cancer and their families across the state.
Tegan Davies, Camp Quality’s Volunteer Advisor, said: “Tim has been an exceptional support to families who have a child living with cancer in northern NSW for an impressive 17 years. He began as a Camp Companion – providing one-to-one support for a child living with cancer – and now he leads whole camps himself! We’re delighted to honour him in this way.”
Tim Collins: “Giving to Camp Quality helps me to appreciate the small things in life and reminds me of what is most important and that is to live and love those that are important to you every single day. My family is my biggest supporter and give up so much so I can volunteer to help make a difference in someone else's life and that's what makes it special.”
The Gillard Volunteer Award, named after one of Camp Quality’s longest standing board members, is given out annually to one person per state who has gone the extra mile for children living with cancer. The charity has over 2,500 volunteers nationwide, so competition is tough. Together those volunteers donated approximately 300,000 hours to Camp Quality in the past year. The charity has just over one hundred staff so volunteers help it to save considerably on costs, as they outnumber staff members by 23:1. This means every donated dollar goes right back to where it’s needed the most: to the kids.