Wednesday, 14th October, 2020
By Myles Burt
Four local volunteers where recognised for their outstanding contribution to their community at the Far West Volunteer Awards.
The annual awards ceremony was held at the Broken Hill Community Health Centre by The Centre of Volunteering on Friday, in coordination with the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Around 100 special guests, volunteers and community leaders came together for the first ever virtual event to recognise and celebrate the region’s volunteers.
Amelia Butler took out Far West’s Volunteer of the Year, a volunteer veteran who has supported numerous community groups and causes over the past 40 years.
Ms Butler during work and retirement has volunteered with various community based organisations.
Volunteering with the Red Cross for over 36 years, worked with the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and the Broken Hill Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary for the past 11 years and has been a Director of the Barrier Social Democratic Club for over 19 years. Ms Butler also received Far West’s Senior Volunteer of the Year.
Kevern Hobman received Far West’s Adult Volunteer of the Year for his volunteering work with the Broken Hill SES for the past 19 years. Mr Hobman also finds time to give back to his community as a leader with the Cubs, Scouts and Venturers.
Blake Edgecombe received Far West’s Young Volunteer of the Year for his volunteering with the St John Ambulance Broken Hill Cadet Division for the past eight years. The University Psychology student gives hundreds of hours each year to support the event health and first responder services for the region. Mr Edgecombe is now the Cadet Leader and provides additional training in child well-being for other volunteers.
Broken Hill TeleCross Volunteers team received the Far West’s Volunteer Team of the Year for their help in building connections for the isolated and vulnerable across the region.
The Far West winners are all finalists for the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, Gala State Ceremony at the end of the year.