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Hillarys local wins charity's volunteer of the year award


Cyril Poots from Hillarys, WA, has won Camp Quality’s “Gillard Volunteer Award” for his tireless work helping to create a better life for kids living with cancer in WA, coinciding with National Volunteer Week (11 – 17 May).

Cyril, 69, has volunteered with Camp Quality for seven years as a Camp Companion, where he provides one-to-one support for children living with cancer across the state. He is also a part of the volunteer Fun Raising Group, which helps raise funds for the charity.

Tegan Davies, Camp Quality’s Volunteer Advisor, said: “In addition to acting as a Camp Companion, where he provides one-to-one support for a child living with cancer, Cyril has progressed to being a Camp Leader where he runs and organises the whole camp. He even visits local businesses to collect money tins – so his invaluable energy and dedication help us across the whole organistion. We’re delighted to honour him in this way.”

Cyril Poots: “I have always loved working with children so to be able to volunteer at Camp Quality enabling me to connect with kids and their families living with cancer is not only enjoyable but very humbling. It is also satisfying to be able in some small way to give back to the community in which I live.”

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.