HSBC Volunteer of the Year: A person, of any age, that gives up their time to volunteer in rugby. We want to celebrate those that make a significant contribution to grassroots rugby, those that keep the game going. A role model that inspires others to get involved in rugby.
HSBC Young Volunteer of the Year (U25): A person aged under 25 years, who gives up their time to volunteer in rugby. We want to celebrate those that make a significant contribution to grassroots rugby, those that keep the game going. A role model that inspires others to get involved in rugby.
HSBC Lifetime Volunteer: A person who is a true hero of grassroots rugby. Those that have given their life to the game and in doing so have helped others to enjoy rugby. This is an award which recognises excellence and those that will leave a true legacy for others to benefit from.
If you have anyone in your club or area who you believe worthy of the honour, please nominate them to the ARU via the link below. Nominations close 5th September.
ARU Volunteer of the year link - http://www.rugby.com.au/try-rugby/Administration/RunningRugby/Volunteers/NationalVolunteerRecognitionProgram.aspx
2014 ACT & SOUTHERN NSW VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Franca Jones from the Queanbeyan Whites Rugby Union Club who has been awarded the ACT & Southern NSW Rugby Union Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2014 Macdougall Medal and Presentation Night.
Franca has been associated with Queanbeyan Whites since the 80's and is renowned for her volunteering and central involvement at Queanbeyan as well as her work in the community. While Franca's sons were at St Edmunds College she helped recycle rugby boots for children at St Edmunds
College also also heavily assisted with the schools canteen.
2010 Franca has contributed massively to the Queanbeyan 7’s event through
arranging sponsorship, presentations, canteen and gifts to ensure the
day goes ahead and runs smoothly for all those attending. Her invovlment in events doesn't stop there with her being the co-ordinator of the Queanbeyan Whites ladies day making sure catering, prizes, tables and fundraising all goes
ahead, with the day’s fundraising being a major contribution to the
Queanbeyan community. Stemming from her contribution to events, Franca in known as the 'after match food guru' providing and organise food for both Quenabeyan and opposition players after every 1st grade fixture at Queanbeyan. Whenever there is a big event on that needs planning, Franca
is there and with her involvement the inaugural Queanbeyan rugby World
cup tour of New Zealand would not have happened. Due to the success of
that tournament there is also another tour being organised for next
year’s world cup.
As the clubs sponsorship director which seems fitting as she was a
born sale person, Franca continues to keep the club running with an
approach that only Franca would used which is a deal is never closed.
With this approach she has spent a number of hours in recent years
closing deals that have had a significant impact on the Queanbeyan club.
Franca, through her hard work she has raised a large amount of money for the community and this is evident through here efforts and her support to for charities like HOME in Queanbeyan, Sids for Kids and Cancer Council. She also manager to raise almost $20,000 for the 2011 QLD Reds Rugby Flood Appeal which in turn saw Ewan McKenzie attend the annual whites luncheon as a gesture for support.
Franca’s has done a lot for Queanbeyan and the community and will continue to put Queanbeyan in an enviable position in the local community and her generosity is greatly appreciated by not only the Queanbeyan Whites, but also the whole rugby community and she is a deserved win of this year’s Volunteer of the year.
2014 ACT & Southern NSW Volunteer of the Year Nominees
L-R:Presenter UC Brumbies CEO Doug Edwards, Anthony Chan (Royals), Deon Norval (Uni-Norths, Fray Bowden (Gungahlin), Franca Jones (Queanbeyan & winner) & Robin Chamberlin (Wests)