2018 Casey Individual Volunteer Award
Awarded to Raymond Rickards
After more than 57 years of service with the CFA, Ray is still going strong. Ray has held many positions over the years, including 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, Captain and Chairperson. Since ceasing operational duties in 2014, Ray has facilitated the Fire Safe Kids program, delivering more than 20 sessions on home fire safety each year to schools, kinders and childcare centres in the Hampton Park area. This is a very important KPI for the Brigade and without Ray’s time and dedication to the Program, Fire Safe Kids would not run as efficiently as it does and reach as many children. Ray is also very active with the Hampton Park Men’s Shed, always going out of his way to recruit younger members.
2018 Casey Young Volunteer Award
Awarded to Lana Scholten
Lana has been a member of the Pearcedale Girl Guides and Guides Australia since she was 8 years old. She became a Junior leader as soon as she turned 14, organising weekly meetings, camps and special events for 7-15-year olds. Under her leadership, these girls have been able to enjoy camping and achieve their goals in a safe and secure environment. Lana has helped many young girls who have never camped or stayed away from home before to overcome their fears. When the time comes to go to school camp they go off happily, confident in the knowledge that they know what is involved. Lana has also attended all ANZAC Day ceremonies and Clean Up Australia events and has her sights set on becoming a Leader when she turns 18.
2018 Casey Volunteering Pair Award
Awarded to Kerrigan & Michelle La-Brooy
Kerrigan and Michelle La-Brooy are a husband and wife team who run a church, a food pantry, an opportunity shop, a children’s talent academy and an annual community event. They also have 6 primary school aged children. Every day, Kerrigan and Michelle volunteer their time to visit residents who are socially isolated and don’t have access to transport, including people who are homeless, single parents and people with a disability. They take free fresh food, clothing and other necessities and instil a sense of inclusion and wellbeing in the people they meet. This couple ensure that all members of the community feel valued, especially in difficult times, and help residents from diverse cultures interact with families they would otherwise not meet.
2018 Casey Volunteer Group Award
Awarded to Transit Soup Kitchen & Food Support
This group of 98 committed community volunteers seeks to engage and connect with people from all walks of life, providing nutritious meals, friendship and support to those who are marginalised and lonely within the broader Narre Warren community. Transit offers Food Support to those who are finding life tough and struggling financially. Volunteers cook 3-course meals two days a week for more than 200 people and provide a full breakfast once a month. Transit Soup Kitchen and Food Support offers showers, access to a free laundry service, referrals to other services, donated clothing and other forms of personal support. Just as importantly, it provides a safe, welcoming and friendly environment in which people feel valued, respected and supported.
2018 Casey Volunteer Organisation Award
Casey North Community Information Support Service
Casey North CISS provides information and crisis support for residents living in the northern half of the City of Casey. A team or 25 volunteers, ranging in age from 22 to 79, provide over 6,000 hours of volunteer support a year. They each volunteer from half a day to 2 days every week in a range of duties, including greeting people at Reception, interviewing people in crisis, providing Emergency Relief, administering the No Interest Loans scheme and Tax Help Programs, and providing people vulnerable residents, including those at risk of homelessness and violence, with information and referral to CISS social workers and other agencies. Over a 12-month period, Casey North CISS volunteers distribute approximately $170,000 in emergency relief to those in financial hardship.