Entries Close COB Monday 4 July
The first Quest Community Newspapers’ Volunteer of the Year Awards were held last year in Brisbane. Sixteen regional winners from across greater Brisbane were presented with their Awards at the Pineapple Hotel and the overall Quest Community Newspapers Volunteer of the Year was won by Mt Gravatt’s, Peter Jamieson. It is back again this year bigger and better than ever.
It has been expanded to incorporate no less than 19 regions following the addition of three newspapers on the Sunshine Coast.
New to the campaign are the Noosa Journal, Maroochy Journal and Caloundra Journal.
And this year the Brisbane Lions have also come on board to support the community volunteers.
They have donated a signed Brisbane Lions jumper for each of the 19 regional winners and will send players to the end-of-year presentation to say a collective ‘thank you’ to the volunteers.
The 2011 Quest Newspapers Volunteer of the Year Award, launched in Quest Newspapers on 7 June is open to volunteers connected with junior, senior and school football.
According to AFLQ chief executive Richard Griffiths it is a critical initiative.
“I can’t begin to say how important volunteers are to football at all levels – especially with grassroots football,” he said. “In so many ways and so many places they are the lifeblood of our game.
“Wherever you go right across Queensland you hear of stories where the loyalty and generosity of volunteers is so important and means so much to so many.
“With the wonderful support of Quest Newspapers and the Brisbane Lions it’s a small way we can say thank each of the 19 regional winners.
Each will receive a great prize valued at over $475, which includes a dinner with a Brisbane Lions’ Player, an AFL prize pack, including: a signed 2011 Brisbane Lions jumper, a small Sherrin footy, medallion, certificate, a set of Australia Post Personalised Stamps, as well as a hard cover commemorative book entitled ‘The Australian Game of Football since 1858’
From this group of 19 the state-wide winner will be chosen.
To lodge your nomination, please tell us in 200 words or less why you or the person you nominate deserves to be awarded the Quest Community Newspapers’ Australian Football Volunteer of the Year.
Include your name, contact phone number, postal address and email as well as your newspaper area together with your nominations’ contact details, their AFL Club, School or NAB AFL Auskick centre they belong to.
Send Entries to: Locked Bag 999, Kelvin Grove DC 4059 or enter online at the competition page of the Quest website www.QuestNews.com.au/Competitions.