Volunteering Sunshine Coast was honoured to be nominated for a Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award in the Community- Group or Organisation category. The ceremony was held on 23 January at the Events Centre, Caloundra and was emceed by Creek to Coast’s Scott Hillier.
A welcome to country was given by the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe who performed a number of dances that provided insight into the indigenous cultural heritage of the Sunshine Coast region.
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation ultimately won the Community Organisation award in recognition of their tireless advocacy for child safety and their work with schools and parents providing resources to start a discourse around these important issues.
Denise and Bruce Morcombe were also joint winners of the Citizen of the Year award to celebrate their extraordinary strength in using the tragedy they suffered to take action through the creation of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Their work with Government and other interest groups has contributed profoundly to increasing general awareness of the issue of child safety.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Citizen of the Year: Bruce Morcombe/Denise Morcombe
Senior Citizen of the Year: Donald Moffatt
Young Citizen of the Year: Olivia Lindsay
Community – Group or Organisation: Daniel Morcombe Foundation
Creative: Judy Pippen
Environment and Sustainability: Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors
Sport and Recreation: Sunshine Coast Lightning