Event honours tireless volunteers

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Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Cody Birch with his South West Youth Volunteer of the Year 2019 award.
Camera IconCody Birch with his South West Youth Volunteer of the Year 2019 award. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

The South West honoured more than 80 volunteers at the National Volunteer Week celebration on Wednesday by presenting awards to outstanding participants at the Dolphin Discovery Centre.

Coordinator Shamara Williams said it was a privilege to host the event.

“These volunteers don’t just wear one hat, many often volunteer for more than one organisation in more than one community,” Ms Williams said.

Harvey resident Cody Birch took home the South West Youth Volunteer of the Year award while Bunbury’s Maureen Eaton was presented with the South West Volunteer of the Year award.

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Feeling extremely proud of his achievement, 24-year-old Mr Birch said he had been volunteering for as long as he could remember.

“I got involved in volunteering through Janine Quicke who came up to me one day and asked if I would be interested in helping out at an event,” Mr Birch said.

Volunteering at Harvey Community Radio is where Mr Birch spends most of his time, running the administration and keeping the events file in order.

“I’ve been there for about six years now and really love it.

“I just enjoy giving back to the community and helping out.”

Sitting on a bench just outside the Dolphin Discovery Centre, Mr Birch said when he was not at the radio station, he was in the exact spot, volunteering at the centre.

“We spend about half an hour out here looking for dolphins and if they come into what we call the interaction zone, I’ll ring the bell to let the locals know.

“I’ve been doing it for five years now and it continues to reward me,” he said.

As much as Mr Birch loves his volunteer work, he is eager to commence the next chapter of his life.

“I’m hoping to get a paid job, but I would like to keep giving back to the community as it is something that I think is important.”

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