Posted by on 01 March, 2018

Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp has today presented three deserving volunteers with the Premier's Volunteer Recognition Program awards recognising the contribution they have made towards strengthening our community. 

The three volunteers have worked with the Newcastle Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) in Broadmeadow helping with youth programs and initiatives and have all enthusiastically contributed countless hours to the organisation. Together the volunteers have contributed a combined total of 75 years of service to the community.

Alma Parkes is a long term volunteer who has been volunteering for over 40 years. She is a swim coach coordinating swimming for children at the Newcastle Baths. Alma has taught thousands of children vital skills over four decades through the PCYC.

Ruth Mitchell is the Duke of Edinburgh coordinator and also has been the voluntary club president for 12 terms. She is being recognised for 31 years of fundraising experience with the club and will be receiving an award for 25+ years of service.

Henry Sabella has been an active volunteer for over 10 years and since retiring has become more involved setting up and supervising table tennis three days a week and carrying out minor repairs and maintenance on a daily basis at the club.


Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp

 “Congratulations to Alma, Ruth and Henry. You are an absolute credit to Newcastle.”

 “More than six million Australians volunteer each year and today we have recognised three outstanding novocastrians.”

  “Volunteers are the absolute bedrock of the Newcastle community, giving their time and experience to help others.”
“Alma, Ruth and Henry have made an extraordinary contribution to the community and I commend them for their outstanding efforts.”

 “The Newcastle PCYC is so lucky to have these amazing volunteers involved in their organisation.”

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