Volunteering WA is proud to congratulate the incredible 2023 WA Volunteer of the Year Award Winners and Finalists!
The WA Volunteer of the Year Awards program is presented by Volunteering WA as part of National Volunteer Week (15 – 21 May 2023) and is made possible with thanks to the Award Partners. Congratulations to all the truly-deserving WA Volunteer of the Year Award recipients. Winners were announced at the Gala Dinner at Crown Perth on Thursday 18 May 2023.
We are grateful to have been selected as the winner for this year’s Volunteer Organisation of the Year, out of all the wonderful people who represented volunteers from all over the State. As President Norm has said before, “we don’t do what we do for awards but to make a difference in the community”.
Congratulations to everyone who has given time and supported FoC over the years!
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Friends of the Community Inc. are proud to announce that a total of $4000 was raised at the 2021 Manning Park Trail Run. Norm Dale presented Don from Motor Neurone Disease Association Australia the giant cheque. Keep up to date with all our events on the website homepage, so you to can contribute to the FOC tribe!
Congratulations to all entrants in this year’s Manning Park Trail Run, brought to by the Friends of the Community.
The run is on every May and it’s aim is to raise funds for a charity. All proceeds go to charity with the run done completely by volunteers.
The run celebrates the amazing ground and surrounds of Manning Park.
Entrants ran past the old homestead through the hilly trails and enjoy the views out to Rottnest and the surrounding islands. They then head back into the park, climb 200 stairs back into the trails. Entrants had the option to then take on another loop (10km) at no extra cost and finish completing a loop of the lake.
Cockburn, like many areas of Perth and WA, is a thriving cultural melting pot. We celebrate our multiculturalism annually at the City of Cockburn Cultural Fair. This year the event was held on Saturday, 10 April. Last year’s event was put on hold due to the global pandemic, but it was back bigger and better than ever at Harmony Oval, Atwell. Friends of the Community were proud once again to provide our delicious food and drinks to the attendees.
A huge turnout of nearly 80 stalls, featuring a variety of food and wares to buy, ensured family fun and feasting. This is a 70 per cent increase on stalls for this event since it was last held in 2019, and with around 80 per cent local businesses. The Fair hosted the grand final of the Cockburn’s Got Talent quest, which was enjoyed by all.
The free entertainment line-up kept everyone bopping along to some infectious beats. Perth crowd-pleasers Soukouss Internationale, a multicultural collective of skilful performers showcasing the iconic Congolese musical style known as ‘soukouss’, which means ‘shake it’ had the crowd on their feet. Other amazing entertainers include the SegaLoya Dance troupe from the Indian Ocean islands of La Reunion, Madagascar and Mauritius, Chili Con Curly with its roots, funk, reggae and Latin dance beats, and Italyicious duo Fifi Mondello and Valerio Fiorini performing ‘la musica Italian’.
The Friends of the Community was successful in obtaining a donation and a grant from the City Of Cockburn to complete updates and repairs to equipment, and to purchase a new cash register. Also, we are extremely grateful for the grant provided by the City that has allowed us to revamp and renew our website – which you will be reading about on the new website right now! 2020 has been a difficult year for fundraising, however with the assistance of the City of Cockburn much needed upgrades have been completed. Thank you once again to this great City we live in.
Congratulations to our final certificate winners for 2020. Special congrats to Demi and Asha for their success in winning scholarships with Friends of the Community.
HUMBLE, modest and passionate are just a few words used to describe Norm Dale, winner of the local Home-Grown Heroes Award, sponsored by Eliza Ponds Land Estate.
The award set out to find local heroes going above and beyond the call of duty as volunteers in the City of Cockburn.
Among all of the nominations, it was Norm’s passion for the community that saw him take out the top prize. Celebrated as a devoted supporter and advocate for people less fortunate, his ongoing leadership has resulted in Friends of the Community (FOC) donating more than $120,000 across a total of 30 charities.
From providing morning tea at events to rubbish collections, the 78-year-old retiree said volunteering was rewarding beyond words.
“It’s a lot of pleasure, fun and keeps me fit,” he said.
Since the charity’s inception in 2006, Norm has dedicated more than 120 hours a month fundraising for children, the aged, disabled and disadvantaged.
Restored from old caravans, FOC’s food and beverage vans frequent charity events across Perth, providing food, coffee, ice cream and support to anyone he can help.
One of his initiatives provides at-risk teenagers with financial assistance to continue their higher education in years 11 and 12 and assists families going through hardship with food parcels and community inclusion.
“I wouldn’t call myself a hero at all but it’s really nice to think someone else does,” Norm said.
Eliza Ponds Land Estate development director Brad Carey said they were “blown away” by the outstanding nominations and proud to see how many amazing volunteers support the local community.
According to the judging panel, finding a winner among all of the worthy entries was tough.
As for Norm, he is not showing any signs of slowing down either and welcomes anyone to join his fleet of 30 volunteers.
When asked how he would spend his $3000 cash prize, Norm humbly said the money will go straight back into the Friends of the Community fund to help more people.
Our team of volunteers did a fantastic job! We were so busy all day. We all had an amazing time thanks to a wonderful team.
These crew worked hard last night. We are grateful to be working in our community. Volunteer Ted came for a visit and a chat. The money raised was given as a donation to Beeliar Soccer AFC. We love our Community.
Another fantastic Christmas celebration. Counsellor Chontelle Sands and Counsellor Phil Eva are always ready to lend a hand. Thanks team!
I met Norm and Serena at the end of 2020 and I must say I was blown away by the FOC. Such a simple idea, that benefits so many people.
What we do is about giving back. We see so many people in need in the community, and we have the time and energy to do something about it.
I hope that we can help as many people as possible. We do whatever we can, to help those around us in our community.