Kulin races in the running for award

26 Nov, 2003 10:00 PM
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THE Kulin Bush Races has been short-listed for the National Volunteer Awards.

The National Volunteer Awards are an initiative of the National Australia Bank and comprise nine categories ‹ art and culture; children and families; community service and development; education, training and youth development; emergency and safety; environment, conservation, heritage and animal welfare; health and well-being; rural and regional development; sport and recreation.

The Kulin Bush Races was nominated in the People's Choice Awards, the category which enables communities to Kulin Races spokesperson Graeme Robertson said it was a great honour to make it to the shortlist.

"The National Volunteer Awards attracts thousands of entries from around the country and to be recognised is a tribute to those in our community who have generously given their time to help make the Kulin Bush Races such a success," Mr Robertson said.

NAB executive general manager, financial services Australia, Ian MacDonald, said the National Volunteer Awards are designed to acknowledge and reward volunteers for the fantastic work they do within the local community.

More than 2700 community groups nominated for this year's Awards. The top 20 groups from each category made up the shortlist for the People's Choice Awards.

There will be nine People's Choice Award winners, with one group in each category receiving an award. The groups which receive the most votes in each category will be awarded the People's Choice Award and receive $2500 from the NAB to be used for the organisation's activities.

Since their inception in 1997, the National Volunteer Awards have grown to become one of Australia's largest and most successful programs to promote, encourage and recognise volunteers.

The state/territory winners ranked the highest by the judges will become the national winner of their respective category and receive an additional $3000. National winners will be announced on December 5, 2003.

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