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Great to see our colleagues in NSW being recognised for their outstanding volunteering efforts over many years.

In case you didn’t know while we focus our attention mainly in Victoria, Courage to Care is well represented in the northern states. One positive of using Zoom is that we are able to collaborate even more ensuring we have a greater impact across Australia.

Kathy Sharp and Vicki Israel have received The Kingsford Smith Community Service Award from Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Federal Member for Kingsford Smith.

Matt Thistlethwaite noted that “As our community emerges out of lockdown, I believe it’s important that we continue to recognise the unsung heroes that volunteer their time and skills for our community”.

Kathy Sharp received her award for her leadership through her role as the Vice-Chair of the Courage to Care Board for many years, with her nomination citing her passion, values, energy, drive and commitment to staff, volunteers and Holocaust survivors and her dedication to help Australia become a more tolerant and harmonious society for all and for people to be an upstander against social injustice, racism and discrimination.

Vicki Israel received the Kingsford Smith Community Service Award for her tireless volunteer work since Courage to Care first started and more recently for managing the Social Media and Newsletter she publishes each month – particularly during Covid this has kept the volunteers connected with information, news, stories and humour.


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