Campbell Remess – Project 365
Campbell was only nine years old when he asked to buy Christmas gifts for children in the Royal Hobart Hospital. He was told it would cost too much to buy gifts for all of those children, but instead of forgetting this idea he decided to make these gifts himself.
In the past five years, Campbell has made thousands of gifts that he sends to hospitals and children in need worldwide, but mostly the Royal Hobart Hospital Children’s Ward. Campbell has created his own charity, Project 365, where he gifts holidays on cruise ships to unsuspecting nominees who are battling cancer. These are called Kindness Cruises. In six months, Campbell has gifted eleven Kindness Cruises to families, raised in excess of $150k for charity, made thousands of handcrafted gifts, and sends teddy bears to victims of terrorist attacks and others in need.
Campbell is now fundraising to help to fund a research scholarship with the Menzies Centre in Hobart to have a hands-on researcher working with him and his Project 365 Family to achieve his goal of finding cures for cancers. Campbell takes his project very seriously and works tirelessly and selflessly.
Stephen Thiessen – Primrose Sands RSL sub-branch
The Primrose Sands RSL is the only Community focused organisation within a twenty two km circumference of this area. It provides a Courtesy Bus Service in order to assist the local community to attend its facilities and alleviate the social isolation of the more disabled and elderly members of our community.
Stephen Thiessen drives this bus totally on a volunteer basis at a minimum of twenty eight hours per week, sometimes more. In addition to this, Stephen also volunteers as the sub-branch groundsman for an additional eighteen hours a week. On top of all this, Stephen drives the Sorell Community Bus eight hours a week, also on a volunteer basis.
Several times per year Stephen has volunteered to provide transport to and from the city of Hobart for the purpose of taking members of this community to medical appointments and providing company for them during the sometimes long wait they have for interviews and treatment. Socially isolated members of the Primrose Sands and surrounding communities are the benefactors of Stephen’s kindness and goodwill; the RSL would not be able to provide some of these services to the community without his contributions.
Les Williams – Huntington’s Disease Association of Tasmania and many other Volunteer Involving Organisations
For Les Williams, 2018 marks 60 years of volunteering service across the Tasmanian community. Since becoming a volunteer in 1958 he has been an active participant in many organisations across the state. His volunteering roles have included youth worker, president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, fundraiser, and providing support and advocacy. Organisations who have benefited from his amazing work include charities like Red Cross, the Heart Foundation, various care facilities, and many more.
Since joining the Huntington’s Disease Association Tasmania (HDTAS) in 1978, Les has become a champion for the cause, supporting families suffering from this terrible debilitating disease. He has represented the organisation across many areas, including local, state, national and international at both government and organisation level.
Les is great at providing support, advocacy and awareness to the community. To achieve this, he has done numerous public talks across all areas of media and service groups. In addition to his longstanding devotion to volunteering, Les and his wife Lucy have willingly dedicated themselves to raising their twin granddaughters, one of whom has recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy.
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