Rural and regional education charity Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) is calling for nominations in the annual 2019 Katie Walker Outstanding Achievement Awards.
The Awards recognise the exceptional commitment of the approximately 400 volunteers from the 44 local foundations throughout five Australian states and territories.
A milestone $10.5 million in financial support has been distributed to young students from country areas via these local foundations since CEF was established in 1993.
Katie Walker is a founding member and board director of CEF and established a local presence in Yass.
She said CEF volunteers’ ‘local knowledge’ provides wrap around support for the entire community, and especially offers validity to the young people seeking further education.
“Supporting a charity doesn’t always come through the donation of money. Making the time to donate wisdom and energy can be just as important in such collaborative fundraising efforts. These volunteers are the backbone of local foundations. Their efforts contribute to the wider success of the whole organisation,” Mrs Walker said.
“We acknowledge there are many quiet achievers who strive for excellence; going that extra mile because they can see value for the whole community in what they’re doing.”
CEF volunteers continue to out-perform their previous years’ fundraising capacities despite drought and the common adversities and challenges of living in rural and regional Australia.
Awards are issued to committee members who:
- Have volunteered with a local foundation for more than two years;
- Have contributed to the growth and development of their local foundation; and
- Have demonstrated a personal commitment and dedication to supporting their local youth.
Nominations can be made by visiting the ‘Volunteers’ page on the CEF website, with applications closing on 31 October 2019.