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Volunteer Recognition Award Winners 2014

JDRF was founded in 1982 by the efforts of Australian volunteers and parents of children with type 1 diabetes hoping for a better future for their children. Today, we are still driven by the passion and dedication of our many volunteers who help us towards our mission to deliver a better life for people with type 1 diabetes, and one day, a cure.

We are proud to recognise the efforts of some of our volunteers, who are the winners of our 2014 Volunteer Recognition Awards.

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National Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

National Volunteer of the Year Award

Gres & Christy Vukman have won JDRF’s National Volunteer of the Year award for their contribution to the ongoing success of JDRF’s Perth Gala Ball. As the WA State Chairman, Gres helps to get sponsors, sell tables, get auction items, and engage with key guests on the night. This year, Gres and Christy managed to transition five of their guests last year into hosting their own tables at this year’s Gala – an amazing result!

National Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Annaliesse Silva has won JDRF’s National Young Volunteer of the Year award for her hard work and efforts for JDRF over the past four years . She has participated in Jump to Cure Diabetes even though she is afraid of heights, and helped with fundraising events and activities that have raised $20,000 for JDRF in the past four years. She is a great advocate, giving presentations at school about type 1 diabetes, attending support groups and Walk to Cure events, and more. All her efforts are in support of her little brother who has type 1 diabetes.

State Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

Australian Capital Territory

Lee Phillips - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Lee Phillips has won the Contribution award for his contributions as part of the ACT Corporate Committee. He uses his contacts and networks to support JDRF in every fundraising activity, raising in excess of $30,000, and volunteers at all ACT major fundraising events as well.

New South Wales

Belinda Ray - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

Belinda Ray has won the Impact award for her work as the team captain of ‘The Nangus Turkeys’ who raised over $27,000 in nine months in a small local community of 160 people! Her amazing fundraising efforts and regular efforts to achieve media exposure for JDRF make her a very worthy recipient of this award.

Lorraine Houston - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Lorraine Huston has won the Contribution award for her long-standing support of JDRF as a constant and reliable volunteer in the office. She helps with database entry and other administrative tasks, as well being a Peer Support Volunteer. Her family is always involved with the Walk to Cure Diabetes, organising a large team every year. She is generous with sharing her experiences with the impact of T1D on a family, and offers advice on how JDRF can better support families.

Queensland

Christine Benjamin-Young - State Volunteer of the Year (Contribution)

Christine Benjamin-Young has won the Contribution award for her ongoing contribution to JDRF as the Peer Support Coordinator in Queensland. She is self-motivated to get on with the job, intuitive with the needs of the T1D community, and her compassion and empathy make her a wonderful support person who has meaningful and real conversations with families that they don’t forget.

South Australia

Alison Hams - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

Alison Hams has won the Impact award for her innovative fundraising idea of the “Jelly Baby Song”, a self-written and produced sing-a-long tune that raises awareness and funds for JDRF during Jelly Baby Month. Reaching #3 on the Australian iTunes Children’s Chart, Jelly Baby Song has raised over $2000 for JDRF. The ongoing publicity that Alison has achieved with newspaper and magazine stories has helped to increase awareness of type 1 diabetes and JDRF.

Team SA Ambulance - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

Team SA Ambulance has won the Impact award for their new fundraising idea of competing in the XPD Australia series, an expedition length adventure race, and ended up raising over $10,000. Along the way, they raised awareness of both JDRF and type 1 diabetes as one team member actually has type 1 diabetes, as does the wife of the team captain.

Jan Staples - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Jan Staples has won the Contribution award for her ongoing contribution of her time at JDRF events such as the Adelaide and regional Walks, community fundraising events, Jelly Baby campaign, Jump to Cure Diabetes, and more. She travels 2.5 hours from home in order to help in the SA office – her constant and tireless support is always appreciated!

Jessica Billman - State Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Jessica Billman has won the Young Volunteer award for her determination to skydive for Jump to Cure Diabetes at the age of 12! She has shared the experience through her school and local community, and raised awareness of JDRF and T1D. She managed to raise nearly $5000 for her Jump!

Victoria

Leonie Marks - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Leonie Marks has won the Contribution Award for her ongoing contributions as the Peer Support Coordinator in Victoria. She makes a weekly commitment to JDRF in the regular phone calls to newly diagnosed families and individuals, bringing warmth and support to individuals in need and connecting them with others who can help.

Helen Maxwell-Right - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

Helen Maxwell-Wright has won the Impact award for her role as the chairperson of the planning committee for the first ever Melbourne Gala Ball. She led the committee in securing auction items that helped to raise nearly $47,000 on the night. In addition to this, Helen is also a member of the Victorian State Committee.

Ella Jeffrey - State Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Ella Jeffrey has won the Young Volunteer award for her role as an advocate and her bravery in speaking publically about her life with type 1 diabetes. She spoke at the launch of the JDRF Global Type 1 Diabetes Research Impact Analysis in front of an international corporate audience, and helped to make the event a great success and memorable for those in the room.

Western Australia

Jodie Curtis - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

Jodie Curtis has won the Impact Award for her leadership in JDRF’s first Young Leadership Committee event in Perth. Raising $700, this first event has put the committee to move forward with future activities. Jodie had a key role in ensuring the success of the event in recruiting attendees, sourcing raffle items and donations, and more.

Tom Sippe - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

Tom Sippe (on behalf of the 2013 Herbert Smith Freehills Graduate Group) has won the Impact award for their efforts in running the Herbert Smith Freehills Social Club Charity Quiz Night which raised over $5,500. Tom says “JDRF is a charity very close to the hearts of Herbert Smith Freehills as two of our solicitors have type 1 diabetes”.

Richard Moody - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Richard Moody has won the Contribution award for his long-term commitment to JDRF both personally and through his business the Grosvenor Hotel. He has hosted numerous JDRF events at his hotel free of charge, has sourced items for the Perth Gala Ball, and hosts a corporate marquee at the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Richard is always ready to say “Let me know what else you need!” and constantly gives graciously and generously.

Charmony Schloss - State Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Charmony Schloss has won the Young Volunteer award for her contributions and involvement in a variety of JDRF campaigns including the Walk to Cure Diabetes and Jelly Baby Month. She is also working on creating her own fundraising event – and truly believes that even at the age of 11, she can help to make a real difference!