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Malvern local wins charity’s volunteer of the year award

 

Greg Campbell from Henley Beach, SA, has won Camp Quality’s “Gillard Volunteer Award” for his tireless work helping to create a better life for kids living with cancer in SA/NT, coinciding with National Volunteer Week (11 – 17 May).

Greg, 47, 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: “Greg really goes above and beyond as a volunteer. One example is when we were taking our kids living with cancer to visit the penguin colony at night. Greg bought every kid a penguin onesie and bought the volunteers a fish themed onesie. It’s just one example of how he creates lasting memories for these kids at a particularly tough time in their lives. We’re delighted to honour him in this way.”

Greg Campbell: “The kids are awesome and its one of the funest charities to be involved in on the planet! If the kids are having a good time then so am I so I guess that's why I am involved and is what I believe Camp Quality is all about! Camp Quality Rocks!”

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.