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Australia Day Awards nominees

We congratulate all nominees to Maroondah’s Australia Day Awards. View all the 2020 nominees below:

Elizabeth Anne Bryan

Anne is the sort of good Samaritan who will turn her hand to any task with generosity and enthusiasm. If a job needs doing or organised, Anne is the person who will cheerfully get on and do it.

She has been President of the Central Ringwood Community Centre committee of management since 2011 and was a general committee member for several years before that. She is also Secretary of the Needle work Tapestry Guild of Victoria and is very active in the 5000 poppies project, a community tribute of respect and remembrance for our war veterans, having started her own local poppy group to contribute to the state-wide project.

In 2014 Anne undertook a History Project for Central Ringwood Community Centre, reviewing all the archived documents from the 35 year history and collating them with photos and other mementos into a permanent and easily accessible record of the Centre’s history and achievements.

Roger Daniel

Roger has held 40 years of membership and provided service to the Rotary Club of Ringwood (now the Rotary Club of Maroondah), and its beneficiaries by leading and delivering numerous humanitarian programs and projects.

Results over the past year include being the leading event organiser of the Maroondah Billycart Marathon as well as initiator and organiser of similar fundraising events in the 1980’s raising funds for Maroondah Hospital and local scouts.

Roger is a regular lead organiser and helper of the annual Charity Golf Day, which delivered a mobility vehicle to Eastern Volunteers for people with a disability. He was the driver of the Bedford Park Community Hub and Sustainability Garden for Rotary. Roger’s significant contributions have been recognised with the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow award, six times!

Other projects include the annual Maroondah Schools ANZAC Service; Maroondah City Council L2P program for learner drivers; the clean-up of the sensory garden at Irabina Autism Services; and setting up the Annual Christmas Trailer raffle. Roger is also involved in broader reaching projects for drought relief, victims of Black Saturday bushfires, and overseas aid projects.

Averil Embury

The Australian Red Cross program ‘Trauma Teddies’ is national program. The Red Cross has supplied Trauma Teddies to the Maroondah Hospital Emergency Department for over 10 years totally, in excess of 10,000 teddies. Trauma Teddies are hand knitted toys given to children and adults who are affected by some form of disruption to their normal lives, which causes them anxiety and panic.

Averil began by knitting skins (the two sides of the Teddy) but soon extended her involvement by offering to finish the teddies by sewing them up, sewing on the Australian Red Cross label, filling them and giving the teddy life by adding eyes, ears, neck and a smile of love.

Averil has been the main ‘finisher’ for the area for many years, finishing an average of 100 per month. Averil has also been volunteering at Olivet for the past 20 years where she assists the mending of pillowcases, food protectors, turning old sheets into laundry skip covers and the list goes on; nothing is too much for Averil.

Ryan Adams

Ryan has been a volunteer instructor at 408 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets during 2019. He has worked tirelessly to support and mentor the youth of the organisation, with cadets ranging between 12 and 18 years of age.

This year Ryan also took on the role of coordinator for the Freedom of Entry to the City of Maroondah and worked many hours to make the event happen.

Among other things, Ryan has also been a judge at a Croydon Lions Club youth event, a volunteer basketball coach, and the 408 Squadron team captain for the Maroondah Relay for Life event.

Ben Voogd

Ben gives of his time assisting Ringwood Little Athletics, Little Athletics Victoria, Little Athletics Junior Development Coaching Squads, and is a team member of Ringwood Seniors where his contribution to set up and assist is acknowledged by his peers and Club Committee.

Ben has been coaching Junior Athletics to state titles over the past four years. In addition to coaching, Ben is a National and State title holder, representing Australia and achieving Gold in the Oceania Championships.

He has also broken Meet Records, won Australian Championships representing Victoria and won Victorian Championships representing Ringwood. Ben was a Maroondah Leader 2019 Junior Sports Star of the Year and overall State Leader Junior Sports Star of the Year 

408 Squadron Freedom of Entry Parade

The 408 Squadron exercised their Freedom of Entry to the City of Maroondah in November 2019. This is the most honourable distinction that a city can bestow on a military unit.

In front of the Mayor and Councillors, invited guests and representatives from the Croydon, Lilydale and Ringwood RSLs, 80 Cadets proudly marched through Maroondah Festival with swords drawn, drums beating, bands playing and banners flying.

Maroondah Local Area Commander Inspector Gerard De Vries and the Melba College Band were involved in the activity, and a community information stand provided the opportunity for the Cadets to talk about who they are and what they do. This included how they develop Maroondah youth in a military and aviation environment, nurturing qualities of leadership, self-reliance and initiative, to further enhance their character and good citizenship.

Mullum Mullum Park Run

Every week hundreds of families and individuals, young and old, come together to volunteer or join in a free 5km, timed run, jog or walk along the Mullum Mullum Creek. This weekly event happens in rain, hail or shine. Over the past three years thousands of Maroondah Citizens have joined in and hundreds of them have volunteered.

Winter Shelter

Winter Shelter is a Maroondah churches and community response to local homelessness. It is the mission of Winter Shelter to provide not only shelter but food and honour for people who need comfort and support.

Winter Shelter works together with local Christian churches to provide the best support to those without anywhere to stay in Maroondah. A warm meal, a safe place to sleep, and a welcoming smile for the homeless rough sleepers of Maroondah.

Messy Play Day

Messy Play Day provides the opportunity for children and their families in Maroondah to attend a fun, safe, low cost outdoor event tailored specifically for toddlers to primary school aged children. Around 1000 people attended the event in November 2019, which commemorated the 40th Birthday of the Maroondah Toy Library.

Fifteen different ‘messy play’ stations were set up around the Parkwood Oval, with attendees moving between playdough, mud, sandpits, water play, slime, finger painting, nature play and goop for a morning of messy fun.

Messy Play Day is the biggest community event on Maroondah Toy Library’s calendar and included a bake sale, barbecue (facilitated by the Ringwood Men’s Shed), coffee van and face painting.

Carers Wellness Day

This event was held in May 2019 to support the unpaid carers of people with disabilities in the community. Self-care and wellbeing are not high priorities for carers due to time and financial constraints.

Yarrunga Community Centre, iDareU and EACH came together to facilitate the low-cost event that provided health and wellbeing activities including, Zumba, Yoga, meditation, massage, resource library with NDIS information, cooking demonstrations, community lunch and opportunities to connect with other carers. Many attendees have continued their connections with each other and identified the importance of self-care, to be the best carer for their family. This event has assisted in reducing the isolation that many feel due to the demands of their carer role. The event was such as success that iDareU are operating monthly carers hubs within Yarrunga Community Centre and are addressing this need in other local government areas.

Homeward Bound walk against homelessness

This annual event, held in July 2019, highlights the prevalence of the issue of homelessness in the local area. The event brings together a variety of community service organisations, Maroondah City Council, local schools, members of parliament and residents of Maroondah.

It provides a supportive environment for those facing the issue of homelessness and a warm meal. It also gives local residents the opportunity to provide positive change for such a major issue.

Maroondah Billycart Marathon

The Maroondah Billycart Marathon encourages local children to get involved in STEM education and activities. The Marathon involves partnerships between local groups and local businesses to design and build billycarts for the big race, held in September 2019. The event involved 13 teams of 20 children as runners plus support crews and volunteers, as well as attracting a large number of public spectators.

Maroondah Volleyball Tournament

Maroondah Volleyball successfully ran its fourth and biggest annual Maroondah Volleyball Tournament across a weekend in September 2019. The tournament was held at two stadiums within Maroondah, The Rings in Ringwood and the new Maroondah Nets stadium in Heathmont. The event attracted 88 team entries across all divisions, making it one of the largest volleyball tournaments in Australia, and utilised all 10 available courts across both venues.

In addition to the volleyball games, Maroondah Volleyball held a Family Fun Sports Day where all user groups in HE Parker Reserve were invited to provide displays or stalls on the Saturday. The event included for the first time a Spikezone Tournament for the younger children. 

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