National Volunteer Week

Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week, celebrating the generous contribution of the volunteering community around Australia. At Very Special Kids, we are immensely proud of the commitment and generosity we see everyday from our incredible volunteers.

This year’s National Volunteer Week theme is “Changing communities. Changing Lives”. The contribution every single volunteer makes to Very Special Kids does just that – supports the families and children we care for. Thank you to all our volunteers for your care, compassion, energy and kindness. It is truly appreciated.

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Congratulations to the following volunteers receiving milestone service awards this year. Thank you for your ongoing support, your commitment is a true inspiration.

5 years

Laura Anthony
Caitlin Barker
Clare Bellhouse
Allira Boadle
Milly Braim
Maureen Cawley
Natasha Clarke
Carolyn Cook
Nilusha De Alwis
Julie De Vercelli
Peter De Vercelli
Phil Endersbee
Madeleine Gardam


Siobhan Hogan
Marian Jackson
Vic Jackson
Rhys Jewell
Georgina Johnstone
Anaita Kanga-Parabia
Carmel Kennedy
Nicola Kontaxis
Kirstie Le Quesne
Julie Martyn
Amy McKimm
Jemma Munoz-Richards
Ange Neilson


Van Nguyen
Emma Nicholson
Lucy Nicholson
Claire O’Grady
Anna Padula
Tiffany Phillips
Claire Rankin
Lisa Sander
Ashley Sibbing
Kerrod Smith
David Szeleczky
Sarah Valdez
Uyen Vu

10 years

Jill Miles
Julia Payne
Sorrell Robinson


Deryn Sayers
Vincent Sharp
Christine Smith


Julie Stapleton
Sigal Witkin
Alastair Wright

15 years

Gayle Goldsmith
Sharon King
Andrew Perry
Sally Torney

20 years

Karen Chisholm
Gemma Georgiou
Sue Hardiman
Monica Kenny
Souzy Makrakis

25 years

Dawn McKenzie