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‘Spine of neighborhood’ honored in annual awards

A neighborhood champion whose efforts have helped feed hundreds of individuals in want has been named the Sunshine Coast Citizen of the 12 months.

Michele Lipner has been honored for her dedication to serving to others, lowering meals waste and advocating for very important conduct change.

A neighborhood Coolum, Michele is the founder and coordinator of the native chapter of OzHarvest, Australia’s main meals rescue organisation.

Each month, Michele and her workforce of volunteers, gather greater than 15,000 kilos of high quality surplus meals from 40 meals donors and redistribute it to 45 companies to feed folks in want.

The native group raises greater than consciousness, delivering a variety of packages comparable to ‘Cooking for a Trigger’ and ‘Meals Schooling and Sustainability Coaching’, to assist empower the neighborhood make nice sustainability decisions.

Sunshine Coast Council Performing Mayor Rick Baberowski mentioned folks like Michele shaped the spine of our Sunshine Coast neighborhood.

“This yr, we acquired 63 Sunshine Coast Australia Day nominations throughout seven classes with a standard thread weaving by way of each — each nominee was praised for his or her selflessness and their dedication to serving to others,” Cr Baberowksi mentioned.

“Collectively the nominations type an excellent account of the actions of on a regular basis individuals who make a distinction. It is a humbling account and each nominee ought to really feel very proud.

“The Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards present a necessary platform to acknowledge the efforts of the particular people, charities and organizations that help our area and to say thanks.

“On behalf of the Sunshine Coast — to all these nominated each this yr and in earlier years — a honest thanks.”

The 2023 Senior Citizen of the 12 months is Nambour’s Gary Langford.

Since transferring to the realm in 1990, Gary has been a devoted Nambour stalwart, providing time and management in lots of roles throughout a number of organizations and charities.

Gary is the President of the Nambour Native Ambulance Committee (LAC) the place he has served since 1999. A passionate ambulance service advocate, Gary has acquired quite a few awards for his service.

The 2023 Younger Citizen of the 12 months is Mason Hope-Kassulke.

Mason acquired a glowing nomination for his advocacy and help of psychological well being, his volunteer work with 4 Paws Animal Rescue and his involvement with arts planning for the area

Mason is an award-winning artist and songwriter and makes use of this as a platform to lift consciousness and generate funds and help for psychological well being.

The Group Group or Group award (TIE) The Board Assembly Surf Charity and Sunshine Coast Driving for the Disabled

The Board Assembly Surf Charity began in 2003 to assist swimmer Ty Belnap compete within the World Down Syndrome Championships—he got here dwelling with three medals. Quick ahead to 2022 and the charity continues to offer funding for Sunshine Coast households with youngsters who’ve bodily and psychological disabilities.

The charity has raised greater than $3.25 million and allotted each greenback to those that have fallen by way of the cracks of presidency care. The charity is run completely by volunteers and supported by the enterprise and browsing communities in addition to neighborhood teams like Rotary.

Sunshine Coast Driving for the Disabled is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit charity in North Arm.

It supplies six equine-based remedy packages to members of the incapacity neighborhood on the Sunshine Coast and over the previous 10 years, greater than 972 folks with a incapacity have accessed its packages.

Sport and Recreation – Motiv8sports Sunshine Coast

Motiv8sports Sunshine Coast has helped hundreds of younger youngsters actively have interaction in membership sport. Their entire ethos relies on participation, inclusion, resilience, robust anti-bullying messaging and, above all, giving the youngsters the boldness to ‘have a go’.

Since 2018, they’ve been instrumental in numerous charity-based fundraising initiatives and neighborhood occasions in addition to delivering a management program, serving to Grade 7 youngsters develop life expertise, confidence and invaluable work expertise.

Sustainability – Bamboo Initiatives

Bamboo Initiatives is a psychological well being and incapacity help charity supporting environmental sustainability. They conduct waterways and land-based clean-ups, partaking youth to offer a connection to their neighborhood and tradition.

Throughout their clean-ups, environmental scientists/educators have interaction with the individuals and train them sustainable strategies. Their ‘Back2Work’ program engages folks with disabilities to gather wheelie bins and 10c containers. Funds raised return into issues comparable to mentoring, life expertise, resume workshops and high-vis clothes.

Artistic – Sunshine Coast Artwork Group

This volunteer group has been a inventive arts hub for the local people for greater than 50 years. The mixed arts group has common periods on portray, life drawing, pottery and stitching. Members volunteer their time and share their expertise by working low-cost workshops and lessons that are open to the neighborhood.

Sunshine Coast Artwork Group permits the neighborhood to take part and check out inventive pursuits in a supportive, pleasant setting.

A full record of recipients is out there on council’s web site

Council’s Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards are supported by Seven Information Sunshine Coast, Maroochy RSL, 92.7 Combine FM, Sunshine Coast Each day, TAFE QLD East Coast, Sunshine Coast Biosphere and My Weekly Preview.

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