COURAGE to Care volunteers Kathy Sharp and Vicki Israel received the Kingsford Smith Community Service Award from federal MP Matt Thistlethwaite at an event at the Randwick Community Centre on December 7.
“As our community emerges out of lockdown, I believe it’s important that we continue to recognise the unsung heroes that volunteer their time and skills for our community,” said Thislethwaite.
Sharp received her award for her leadership through her role as the vice-chair of the Courage to Care board over many years.
Her nomination cited her passion, values, energy, drive and commitment to staff, volunteers and Holocaust survivors, as well as her dedication to help Australia become a more tolerant and harmonious society for all and for people to be an upstander against social injustice, racism and discrimination.
Israel’s award was for her tireless volunteer work since Courage to Care started and more recently for managing the social media and the newsletter she publishes each month.
Particularly during COVID-19, this has kept the volunteers connected with information, news, stories and humour.
This year’s annual Kingsford Smith Community Service Award program received the highest number of nominations ever due to the challenges of COVID-19 and the role volunteers played in keeping the spirits and hopes up and the wheels of not-for-profit organisations ticking over.
For more information on Courage to Care: couragetocare.com.au