Townsville local wins charity’s volunteer of the year award
Bonnie Boyce from Rangewood, 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).
Bonnie, 44, has volunteered with Camp Quality for four years as a Camp Companion, where she provides one-to-one support for children living with cancer across the state. She 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: “Bonnie has a huge laugh and infectious personality – exactly what we love in a Camp Quality volunteer. She has attended over 21 resilience-building camps and has pitched in at many a fundraising BBQ or ball. We’re delighted to honour her in this way.”
Bonnie Boyce: “I feel very blessed to be involved with Camp Quality. I love watching our beautiful children enjoy life and all the fun stuff on camps. Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine.”
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.