Victoria Day Award
MEDIA RELEASE, Melbourne, 30th June 2012
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Travellers Aid Australia, an iconic Victorian not-for-profit organisation assisting travellers at the point of need, has been awarded the Victoria Day Award for Community and Public Service by a Victorian Organisation by the Victoria Day Council for 2012.
The Victoria Day Council’s Victoria Day Awards celebrate the state’s foundation at the time of separation from New South Wales on 1st July, 1851. Held since 1995, the awards honour and celebrate the Victorian of the Year, Young Victorian of the Year, and Award for Community and Public Service by a Victorian Organisation.
Accepting the award, Travellers Aid Australia’s CEO Jodie Willmer announced “On behalf the volunteers, staff and board of Travellers Aid Australia, I would like to sincerely thank the Victoria Day Council for this generous acknowledgement. This award honours 96 years of service Travellers Aid Australia has provided.”
“The Victoria Day Award for Community and Public Service by a Victorian Organisation is a testament to the dedication of our team, and the enduring support of the Victorian and Federal Governments, the City of Melbourne and numerous Philanthropic Trusts, benefactors and donors who make this work possible.”
“This support allows Travellers Aid Australia to assist the elderly, people with disabilities, and other people at the point of need. Since 1916 Travellers Aid has worked hard to enable all people to travel safely and confidently to medical appointments, education, employment, to negotiate public transport and access the city from regional areas. This work has helped generations of people lead fuller and more independent, productive lives and will continue to be relevant and beneficial in our ageing communities.”
Travellers Aid Australia aims to make everyday travel possible. The unique services, based at Flinders Street and Southern Cross Stations, provide facilities and relief programs to public transport users otherwise unable to travel for physical, social and economic reasons.
“The Victoria Day Award for Community and Public Service by a Victorian Organisation provides additional profile for Travellers Aid Australia”, continued Ms Willmer. “The award brings recognition, and underscores the value of the services we provide such as the Volunteer Medical Companion Service. Thank you for the recognition and continued support, it’s highly valuable to us.”
Previous honoured recipients of this award includes: the Country Women’s Association of Victoria, Road Trauma Support Team (Vic) Inc, The Salvation Army, Surf Life Saving (Victoria) and Anti Cancer Council (Victoria).
The award was presented at the Melbourne Town Hall at 11:00am on Saturday 30th June 2012
Media contact: Ms Jodie Willmer CEO, Travellers Aid Australia
Mobile: 0422 262 040
Posted Sat, 2012-06-30 13:00