A member of the Sea Eagles coaching staff has been recognised for his volunteer work off the field.
North Curl Curl resident and Sea Eagles Club Career and Wellbeing Officer Glenn Moore (main image, centre) was recognised as the 2021 Northern Beaches Adult Volunteer of the Year in a virtual ceremony held on Monday, 06 September.
When not working in his paid role with the Sea Eagles, Mr Moore continues his efforts off-field helping connect disadvantaged youth with employment. The role began a decade ago as part of a federally funded program with the NRL but when funding ran out, Mr Moore kept it going with his own time and connections.
“I wouldn’t have been in the position to keep volunteering with this program if the NRL didn’t start it in the first place. About 10 years ago the NRL started Trading Up with the NRL, funded by the Federal Government to find apprenticeships for young players and mentor them through.
“It went from that to any kid in the community, especially disadvantaged youths. Then I left the Sea Eagles for a few years and kept the program running in the community. I kept in touch with the NRL and eventually came back to the Sea Eagles,” said Mr Moore.
Mr Moore said that he kept the program running voluntarily because the work needed to be done.
“It’s been a good journey, I’ve met stacks of nice people. I’ve had crying mum’s on the phone, I’ve had employers with troubles. I’ve got heaps of stories. I try not to be a school teacher or parent with the kids.
“A couple of kids have said to me that nobody has ever said to them, ‘You did really well today’. It’s rewarding for me to get a kid a start,” reflected Mr Moore.
Volunteering can bring its fair share of frustrations. Mr Moore said it was at a low point when he was struggling with not-for-profit administration, he met with Councillor Vincent De Luca OAM.
“A few times I’ve felt like chucking it in, people have told me I need to register and become a not-for-profit. A few months ago, I was trying to figure out how I get myself up as an organisation, get an ABN and figure what I need to do, and I met Vince. He could see I was doing stuff with kids and he nominated me for the volunteer award,” explained Mr Moore.
Mr Moore said he was surprised and humbled to win the coveted 2021 Northern Beaches Adult Volunteer of the Year award from over 500 nominations.
“We were on a Zoom. I was shocked to win. At the same time I was humbled, there were hundreds of people nominated. It’s fantastic to be recognised. I was really appreciative that Vince had put me in,” said Mr Moore.
Additional 2021 NSW Volunteer category winners were announced during the online ceremony.
Young Volunteer of the Year – Mark Perry from Frenchs Forest
Mr Perry is a qualified volunteer coach with the all-ability Blowfly Cricket Club. He gives back as a coach via the ‘Uncoachables Coaching the Uncoachables’ program, which helps to develop increased levels of self-esteem, self-confidence, self-belief and assertiveness skills.
Senior Volunteer of the Year – Lynette Millett from Bilgola Plateau
Ms Millet has volunteered for WIRES for 27 years. She readily shares expertise on possums and gliders by teaching new WIRES members throughout NSW; advises veterinarians; and gives talks to community groups such as scouts, schools, pre-schools, tree loppers, vet nurses and fire brigades. She also helps with research into possum diseases by collecting data for Sydney University’s Veterinary Science Department.
Volunteer Team of the Year – The Equipment Services Team at Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Allambie Heights
The four volunteers from the Equipment Services Team works closely with the Occupational Therapists to turn clinical designs into practical, individual solutions. Whether that is custom wheelchair mouldings or new leg straps, people with disability receive equipment they depend on to live their lives.
Regional finalists for the awards are announced at 25 ceremonies across NSW and will be invited to the Gala State Ceremony for the announcement of the 2021 NSW Volunteer of the Year.
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