Orange local wins charity’s volunteer of the year award
David Howe from Orange, 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 ACT, coinciding with National Volunteer Week (11 – 17 May).
David Howe: “The heartfelt joy of seeing a child smile or hearing their laughter, the satisfaction of helping in a child's cancer journey and the amazing volunteers I have met. In 23 years, Camp Quality has given me so much.”
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.