Edmund Rice Camp 2018 Volunteer Awards
Presence Compassion & Liberation
I had the honour of being invited to attend the 2018 Volunteer and Cocktail Night last Saturday. A stunning display of peacock feather arrangements with twinkling lights made a fitting backdrop on the stage as some 65 Eddie Rice volunteers assembled to celebrate and honour the generous work of so many young people who have brought joy to the lives of young people in the community whose circumstances may be difficult.
CEO Kevin Knapp spoke in glowing terms of his pride at what had been achieved and how much he appreciated the efforts of countless hours in patient listening, energetic play, sense of fun, teamwork and generous availability of time given in the camps, activities, fund raising, planning, committee work were in the course of the year.
The Volunteer of the Year was awarded with great acclamation to Katie Bownes.
What followed was the inaugural presentation of awards to those who had been involved in either 10, 20 or even 30 activities.
The first category was named the Brent McIntyre Award of Presence in memory of long-time volunteer Brent whose untimely death left a legacy of commitment and dedication as inspiration for all who followed in his footsteps.
Liana D’Ascanio, current Board member and long-time volunteer herself of some 20 years, presented the awards to a large number of volunteers in this category.
Kevin then announced the recipients of the Ambrose Treacy Compassion Awards for those who had been involved in 20 or more activities.
Finally, Kevin named five recipients of the Edmund Rice Liberation Award who had committed themselves to some 30 camps or activities.
It was fitting that the awards recognised the legacy bequeathed by Blessed Edmund and Ambrose Treacy in recognition of the spirit which still inspires the Edmund Rice Camps.
On behalf of the Brothers I took the opportunity to express our thanks and congratulations to these wonderful young people and their dedicated and enthusiastic staff who carry on the work begun by Edmund and have found so many creative and innovative ways to immortalise it.