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PHOTOS | Celebrating Wimmera volunteers

RECOGNITION: From left, Wimmera River parkrun’s Bernadette Ryan and Candy Muszkieta, Judy and Rowly Paterson from ACE Radio, Andrew Sostheim, Wimmera River parkrun, and ACE Horsham general manager Brendan O’Loughlin. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

RECOGNITION: From left, Wimmera River parkrun’s Bernadette Ryan and Candy Muszkieta, Judy and Rowly Paterson from ACE Radio, Andrew Sostheim, Wimmera River parkrun, and ACE Horsham general manager Brendan O’Loughlin. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

By DEAN LAWSON
A weekly community fun run designed to get Horsham district people engaged and involved through physical activity captured the spotlight during regional volunteer awards.
Wimmera River parkrun, operating on the back of a dedicated team of volunteers, clinched an overall leading volunteer organisation-program category at 2019 Volunteering Recognition Awards.
The program’s success was among many highlights of dinner presentations at Horsham Town Hall that celebrated volunteers and volunteering across the Wimmera-Mallee.
Wimmera River parkrun, at 8am on Saturday morning from Sawyer Park, started in August last year and has attracted a total of 760 runners, with an average weekly attendance of 102.8.
It is part of a international parkrun movement, is open to anyone to walk, run or jog, free of charge and completely run and co-ordinated by volunteers.
Wimmera River parkrun’s Candy Muszkieta said the organisation committee was ‘stoked’ with the recognition.
“We thought there was need in the community and this just proves it,” she said.
“It’s a nice little pat on the back. Not that you require it or want it, but it’s nice that we have the recognition.”
ACE Radio Broadcasters chairman Rowly Paterson presented the award on behalf of The Weekly Advertiser and radio stations 3WM and MIXX FM, which sponsored the event. The Wimmera River parkrun also won a community health award, which recognised a program or event that promoted and supported the health or wellbeing of the community through volunteer activity.
It was also nominated for a people’s choice award.
The people’s choice category went to Wimmera Southern Mallee Local Learning Network’s MATES Mentoring program.
The award reflected on more than 100 volunteers across the region that commit an hour a fortnight to help support children through positive role-model activities.
Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN executive officer Tim Shaw said the program could not exist without volunteers.
“That’s what makes this award so special,” he said.
“People give their time willingly to guide and support young people and encourage them to stay in school, which is really important.”
Friday night’s celebrations also included a variety of other awards and individual accolades.
Jessica Pilgrim of Nhill won a young volunteer award, Zack Currie a new resident award and Jess Pendlebury a kinship and foster carer award.
Award winners also reflected the diverse nature of volunteer activities across the region.
Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre captured attention, as did Wimmera Pride Project, West Wimmera Health Service’s SPARK Program, Warracknabeal Urban Fire Brigade and Landcare individuals, groups and projects.
Centre for Participation chief executive Julie Pettett said the breadth of finalists represented ‘only a tip of the iceberg’ of volunteering activities across the region.
“It was a fantastic night. It really highlights the amazing difference that volunteering makes,” she said.

Hindmarsh Shire Award - Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre.

Hindmarsh Shire Award – Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre.

Yarriambiack Shire Award - Y-Fest Easter Festival.

Yarriambiack Shire Award – Y-Fest Easter Festival.

Emergency & Recovery Award - Warracknabeal Urban Fire Brigade.

Emergency & Recovery Award – Warracknabeal Urban Fire Brigade.

Strong Community Program Award - Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre.

Strong Community Program Award – Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre.

West Wimmera Shire Award – Wimmera Southern Mallee Community  Transport Service.

West Wimmera Shire Award – Wimmera Southern Mallee Community
Transport Service.

Horsham Rural City Award Ð Healthy Minds Horsham.

Horsham Rural City Award Ð Healthy Minds Horsham.

Celebrating Diversity Award Ð Wimmera Pride Project.

Celebrating Diversity Award Ð Wimmera Pride Project.

Connecting Communities Award - SPARK Program.

Connecting Communities Award – SPARK Program.

Community Health Award - Wimmera River parkrun.

Community Health Award – Wimmera River parkrun.

Young Landcare Leader Award Ð Mirinda Thorpe.

Young Landcare Leader Award Ð Mirinda Thorpe.

Individual Landcarer Award – John Pye.

Individual Landcarer Award – John Pye.

Landcare Group Award Ð Horsham Urban Landcare.

Landcare Group Award Ð Horsham Urban Landcare.

Kinship and Foster Carer Award – Jess Pendlebury.

Kinship and Foster Carer Award – Jess Pendlebury.

New Resident Award Ð Zack Currie.

New Resident Award Ð Zack Currie.

Young Volunteer Award Ð Jessica Pilgrim.

Young Volunteer Award Ð Jessica Pilgrim.

Lifetime Achievement Award Ð John Deckert.

Lifetime Achievement Award Ð John Deckert.

People’s Choice Award – MATES Mentoring Program.

People’s Choice Award – MATES Mentoring Program.

Overall Leading Volunteer Organisation/Program Award – Wimmera River Parkrun.

Overall Leading Volunteer Organisation/Program Award – Wimmera River Parkrun.

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Posted on May 22 2019

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