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Accolades for Frankston City’s community heroes

Monday 16 September 2019


Frankston City’s most generous citizens have been recognised for their life changing contributions to the local community.

Winners of the Impact Volunteering Frankston City Volunteer of The Year Awards and the Council community grants program were announced at The Mayor’s Family Picnic on 8 September.

This was an opportunity to recognise those who sacrifice their own time and resources for the benefit of the city. 

The Frankston City Volunteer of the Year Award and community service category were taken out by Donna Cartwright from Mums Supporting Families in Need (MSFIN).

The organisation was established in 2012 and works to ensure Melbourne’s most disadvantaged families have the necessities their children need.

In February MSFIN celebrated supporting 20,000 families with material aid, including new and good quality baby goods, clothes, linen, toiletries and food.

Donna first became aware of the organisation when she sought to donate baby gear six years ago.

“Shortly after, they advertised for a Langwarrin volunteer and I went for it. It is the kind of organisation where, if you have the inclination, you can have an incredible impact,” she said.

Donna gives her time to take care of volunteer recruitment and coordination, marketing and public relations, grant writing, engagement and relationship management, as well as MSFIN’s Christmas operations.

In addition to her well-deserved accolade, she earned a $1,000 prize for the organisation.

“We are a team so it is a little overwhelming to receive an individual award but I am proud. My son, Bailey, is in prep and he took in photocopies of the awards for show-and-tell. It is really good to be an example for my kids,” Donna said.

Ian Cuthbertson from the Australian Radio Rescue Service took out the seniors category and Hannah Swinnerton from the Speak up for Change Campaign received the youth category award.

Frankston City Council Mayor Michael O’Reilly also announced recipients of 72 community grants with a total value of $63,873, during the event.

Cr O’Reilly said it was important to recognise those special people who volunteer their time for the betterment of Frankston City.

“Our community is full of amazing people who want to improve the lives of those around them. It is one of the reasons this is an awesome place to live,” he said.

For more information visit, Impact Volunteering or Frankston City Council websites. 

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