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Cannon Hill local wins charity’s volunteer of the year award

 

Sonia Jordan from Cannon Hill, QLD, has won Camp Quality’s “Gillard Volunteer Award” for her tireless work helping to create a better life for kids living with cancer in QLD, coinciding with National Volunteer Week (11 – 17 May).

Sonia, 45, has volunteered with Camp Quality for five years and is now a Camp Leader, where she 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: “Sonia’s life is one big adventure of laughs and this has been her best strength when volunteering to help kids living with cancer and their families – both as a Camp Companion (providing one-to-one resilience-building support for a child living with cancer) and as a Camp Leader – managing the whole camp. We’re delighted to honour her in this way.”

Sonia Jordan: “I have met some of the most resilient, inspiring, funny and positive kids and their families. They teach me to be a better person, to enjoy life and not take things for granted!”

The Gillard Volunteer Award, named after one of Camp Quality’s longest standing board members, is given out annually to one person per state or region 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.