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Marcus a selfless, giving volunteer

Kyabram student Marcus Angelino was honoured with the Campaspe Shire Young Person Volunteer Award.

May 21, 2014 3:30am

Marcus Angelino dontaes the $250 which came with his award back to The Gift founder Liz Dillon.


Campaspe Shire’s Young Person Volunteer Award has gone to Kyabram’s Marcus Angelino for his efforts supporting charity organisation The Gift.

At a ceremony on last Thursday in Echuca, Marcus was honoured for his tireless efforts to support the organisation and for his volunteer work across the community with a $250 cheque he donated directly to The Gift.

Marcus said he was excited about receiving the award and that he would continue to volunteer.

‘‘I feel very honoured and pretty excited about it. You get a good feeling when you volunteer and you know you are giving back to a great charity. I love volunteering for them,’’ he said.

Marcus began volunteering for The Gift four years ago after the organisation helped his family cope when a family member was diagnosed with cancer.

The Gift founder Liz Dillon said Marcus was one of the most giving, selfless people she had met.

‘‘Marcus Angelino is the kind of inspiring young man who volunteers his time across many areas including at his school, community events and for a number of worthy causes,’’ she said.

Marcus has volunteered his time working for The Gift annual ball, trivia night and collecting donation tins from across 50 locations in Kyabram. He also assists Dillmac Entertainment set up and pack down their recitals that feature more than 400 musicians and helps out with school productions, fetes and sporting events.

The Campaspe Shire Community Volunteer Awards help celebrate and thank volunteers whose collective work contributes to the health and wellbeing of the shire’s residents, as well as the functioning of local clubs, organisations, charities and other not-for-profit groups.

Echuca Animal Rescue Service president Sue Portelli won the Individual Volunteer Award for her work in animal welfare, while volunteer group Make Your Mark Committee won the Organisation Award for raising more than $2.3million to ensure Echuca hospital has state-of-the-art medical equipment, general equipment and ICT systems when it opens to the public.

Campaspe Shire Mayor Ian Maddison said all volunteers were just ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

‘‘The 2014 Community Volunteer Awards winners are outstanding role models in our community,’’ he said.

‘‘The power of their volunteering, like thousands of other volunteers across the Shire of Campaspe is reflected in the difference they make to the lives of others every day, every week and every year.’’

‘‘On behalf of the council and the broader Campaspe community, I thank you. Thank you for all that you do and all that you are.’’

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