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Our volunteers are Australia’s best (we knew that!)

Publish Date: 31/1/2018

Four Leukaemia Foundation volunteers achieved well-deserved recognition at the recent Fundraising Institute of Australia Awards ceremony.

We are very lucky to have an incredible community of supporters across Australia who go above and beyond in their quest to raise funds to support people living with blood cancer. 

This year, the Fundraising Institute of Australia recognised community fundraising champions from Tasmania, Western Australia and New South Wales as ‘State Volunteers of the Year’.

Western Australia’s Brittany Lovell, Tasmania’s Tach Malkin, and New South Wales’ Tony Hart and De’hanne Keir, were each recognised for their efforts in developing community fundraising events for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“It is no easy task to put on a public event,” said the Leukaemia Foundation CEO, Bill Petch. “These incredible individuals go above and beyond to raise money and awareness in their States, and in doing so, have developed some of the most popular and successful community fundraising events the Leukaemia Foundation has ever seen.”

“Each volunteer’s motivation is inspiring.  Brittany was moved to develop a ‘Cancer No Bueno’ event after two of her close friends were diagnosed with blood cancer in their early twenties; Tach created ‘Phil's Dive for a Cure' in memory of her husband Phil who passed away from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia; and Tony and De’hanne chose to dedicate their event ‘Ride with Pride’ to people living with blood cancer.

“Working hand-in-hand with the Leukaemia Foundation, these four volunteers have raised more than $425,000 over the last four years, generated priceless awareness for blood cancer, and created a network of supporters who now continue to support people across Australia living with blood cancer.”

“Our volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. From our volunteer drivers, to our Light the Night community hosts, to our Friends of the Foundation, and our community fundraisers, each person who volunteers their time for the Leukaemia Foundation brings immense value to our organisation, and we are incredibly grateful for each one of you.” 

Brittany Lovell, Tach Malkin, and Tony Hart and De’hanne Keir will now vie for the national title, FIA Volunteer of the Year, which will be awarded in March. We wish them all the best of luck!

Click through to our volunteer page for more information on how you can volunteer and help others affected by blood cancer.

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