Foundation Helping Kids To Go On Camp Recognised With Minister’s Award

A Victorian organisation that supports disadvantaged kids to go on camp has been recognised at the Victorian Government’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards.

Minister for Sport John Eren last night announced Doxa Youth Foundation was the 2015 Minister’s Award winner for its enormous contribution in ensuring kids get to experience going on camp, to enjoy sports and recreation with others.

Camps are where kids learn valuable skills and create the memories that stay with them for life, and Doxa Youth Foundation works hard to ensure all Victorian youngsters are able to enjoy the experience.

Doxa runs camps in Melbourne so that rural and regional students can experience life in the city, as well as camps in regional Victoria for metropolitan visitors.

Thanks to Doxa, 5000 young Victorians who may have otherwise missed out on their special camp experience have made new friends, learnt new responsibilities and seen parts of Victoria they’ve never visited before.

Also among the award winners was a veteran footy whistleblower who coaches the next generation of umpires, a Wodonga gymnastics club and a young surf lifesaver who is committed to keeping Gippsland swimmers safe.

Community sport and recreation connects communities, helps Victorians reach their full potential and keeps our state healthy, but it’s only possible thanks to committed and enthusiastic volunteers.

Winners at the Community Sport and Recreation Awards each took home $3000, while runners up won $1000.

A full list of the winners is available below.

 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren

“Congratulations to all our winners and everybody nominated, and thanks to the community for shining a spotlight on the Victorians that make sport in this state great.”

“Sport and recreation brings communities together, and gives kids lessons and memories that stay with them for life. That simply wouldn’t be possible but for dedicated volunteers and organisations.”

“Doxa Youth Foundation has ensured 5000 young Victorians who might not be able to afford to go on camp get the enjoyable experience they deserve, just like the rest of their peers.”

Quotes attributable to Doxa Youth Foundation Chief Executive, Daniel Findley

“We are tremendously honoured to receive the Minister’s Award. Doxa believe that all students, no matter their circumstances, should be able to access positive life experiences such as those provided at our camps.”

“This award will enable us to offer more outdoor recreation opportunities for young people who may be facing significant challenge in their lives.”

 Minister’s Award:

  • Doxa Youth Foundation

Community Sport Club of the Year

  • Flyaway Gymnastics Club

Community Coach of the Year

  • Peter Mair, Southern Football Netball League

Community Umpire or Referee/Official of the Year

  • Robyn Manhire, Dandenong Basketball Referees’ Association

Outdoor Active Recreation Initiative

  • Active in Parks, People and Parks Foundation

Service to Sport and Recreation

  • Peter Cullen, Reclink Australia

Community Sporting Event of the Year

  • AFL National Inclusion Carnival

Community Sport and Recreation Facility Award

  • H King Pavilion and Stonnington Environmental Education and Design Centre

Young Volunteer of the Year

Jessica Woodward, Life Saving Victoria

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