JDRF originated in Australia in 1982 as a volunteer-led organisation, and the passion and dedication of those who provide time, resources, and experience is still key to our growth and continued progress today. Volunteers are our heritage and heart of JDRF, and will remain a vital part of our journey towards a world without type 1 diabetes.
The JDRF Volunteer Award program is intended to provide a means to formally recognise and thank volunteers for the time and effort that they dedicate to JDRF. We’re proud to announce the following winners of the 2016 JDRF Volunteer Recognition Awards.
National Volunteer of the Year Award Winner – The Miracle Saints
Since 2012, the Miracle Saints have held an annual Italian lunch fundraising event, gathering around 200 people, and working tirelessly at getting raffle and auction items to boost ticket sales revenue. The event has now raised more than $33,000 for JDRF, including record takings from the most recent lunch event in July.
Maria, the group’s secretary, has lived with type 1 diabetes for 50 years, and received the Kellion medal recognising this in July (pictured). She was diagnosed in Italy in 1965 whilst pregnant with her eldest child. Maria is passionate about helping others who live with type 1 diabetes as she knows the challenges they face.
Maria’s husband Frank, their family and president Pasquale Meola (aged 85) make up the rest of the group. Read more about Maria and her 50 years of T1D in this blog article.
Photo credit: Face Photography
National Young Volunteer of the Year Award Winner – Alex Nikolaou
Alex, who has type 1 diabetes, is an active JDRF advocate in the federal seat of Maribyrnong. His local MP is Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition.
In the lead up to the 2016 Federal election, Alex was keen to help JDRF to get the Australian Labor Party (ALP) to commit to a CGM policy, and he put the question to Shorten in a walkabout (above). This resulted in a few meetings, and undoubtedly went a long way to help secure an ALP election promise of $84 million. Alex went to the ALP policy announcement in Melbourne on 15 June, and even got a special mention from Shadow Health Minister, Catherine King.
State Volunteer of the Year Award Winners
Australian Capital Territory
State Volunteer of the Year: Adam Perakovic
State Young Volunteer of the Year: James Eveille
New South Wales
State Volunteer of the Year: Rachelle Ward
State Young Volunteer of the Year: Jennifer Biggin
State Volunteer of the Year: Matthew Buckley
State Young Volunteer of the Year: Henry Christofferson
State Volunteer of the Year: Cathy Nimmo and Lesley Pearce
State Young Volunteer of the Year: Jordan Cirocco and Max Caporlingua
State Volunteer of the Year: Rosie Appleton
State Young Volunteer of the Year: Blair Gould and Alexa Cameron
State Volunteer of the Year: Farook Razvi
State Volunteer of the Year: Frank & Sophia Jackson
State Young Volunteer of the Year: Madison Brown
Congratulations to all who were nominated and named winners in the JDRF Volunteer Awards, and thank you to those who nominated these outstanding individuals for recognition.
If you know someone who’s already been doing some great volunteer work for JDRF this year, our 2016/17 awards program is now open for nominations.