The South Australian Government values the significant contribution made by volunteers across the State. In recognition of this enormous effort, it has proclaimed a special day in their honour. Volunteers Day is now celebrated on the Queen's Birthday public holiday every year.
Each year a thank you event for volunteers is held on the June long weekend, coinciding with Volunteers Day, to celebrate and thank our state's volunteers. Through this event we recognise and celebrate the many and varied ways that South Australia's 900,000 volunteers dedicate their time to help others and give back to our community, from patrolling beaches and helping in emergencies, to delivering food and providing companionship to the elderly and isolated.
Volunteers thank you event - Sunday 12 June 2016
More than 1,800 South Australian volunteers attended the 2016 volunteer thank you event at the Adelaide Festival Centre where Cabaret Festival artists entertained them.
In addition to the entertainment, the prestigious South Australian Volunteer Awards were presented, recognising the outstanding contribution of volunteers in our State.
Winners of the 2016 South Australian Volunteer Awards were:
- Joy Noble Medal - Jody Morrish, for her selfless dedication to helping others through her Therapeutic Dog Services. Jody coordinates more than 87 volunteers who take dogs to visit hospitals, disability, aged care and mental health providers to deliver animal assisted therapy services to hundreds of adults and children each year.
- 'The Andamooka' Community Project Award – The Rail Care Volunteers Community Project, for its transformation of train and tram stations across the state with garden makeovers and graffiti removal. The volunteers support maintenance work and ensure stations are safe and accessible. Future plans include public art and sculptures as well as continued greening projects.
- Premier's Award for Corporate Social Responsibility – Kimberly Clark, Millicent Mill, for that organisation's commitment to the South East community through workplace volunteering and giving programs. The Mill has also donated cash and products to bushfire relief, Foodbank and local charities, as well as providing financial assistance to local schools, community centres and the CFS.
The Volunteers Day celebration also features the release of the Minister for Volunteers Report.
The report looks back on the past year's volunteering achievements. In particular the report highlights the range of initiatives and programs developed and delivered in partnership with the volunteering sector.