Murray to Moyne teams finalists in awards

The East Grampians Health Service Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay teams, the Cranks and Defibrillators, were finalists in the ninth Minister for Health Volunteer Awards.

The teams were one of five finalists in the Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer – Improving Public Healthcare section.

Team members Jacinta Harman (rider) and Dave Harman (support crew) attended the awards in Melbourne.

The winner in this category was Kate Hutchison, from Merri Health, with other finalists including Lara Kanaef from North Richmond Community Health, Mandy Davis from Northern Health, and Friends of Carinya Auxiliary, Peninsula Health

East Grampians Health Service has been represented in the relay for more than 20 consecutive years and has raised many thousands of dollars in that period of time for equipment for the health service.

This year, $27,900 was raised towards the purchased of a new bus for the Patricia Hinchey Centre.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy handed out the 14 awards, congratulating the recipients on their outstanding work, which ranged from leadership in raising awareness within the community around specific health issues, to closely caring for the most vulnerable.

The annual awards recognise the hard work and generosity of the countless volunteers that give their time and talent in hospitals, ambulance services, community health, mental health and aged care.

The number of people volunteering in health organisations across the state continues to grow every year, with 463 people from 56 organisations nominated for an award.

“This event never fails to inspire and stun me with the generous, creative and tireless efforts of our volunteers in Victoria – the work they do is truly extraordinary and helps some of our most vulnerable Victorians,” Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said.

Pictured above: The Cranks and Defibrillators, riders and support crew, were finalists in the Minister for Health Volunteer Awards