The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades WA was the proud recipient of the RAC-sponsored Western Australian Community Volunteer of the Year Award at last night’s Volunteering WA annual awards ceremony.

The partnership sees RAC provide Volunteering WA $30,000 over three years to support their annual awards ceremony which recognises the outstanding contributions of WA volunteers.

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades WA received the Western Australian Community Volunteer of the Year Award for their work in supporting the more than 26,000 volunteer Bush Fire Fighters who are based at over 560 Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades throughout the state.

These men and women give their time freely to undertake training and to attend incidents with communities being reliant on them to protect life and property against many hazards including bushfire.

As a life member of Wheelchair Sports WA, President of Wheelchair Sports Australia and Director of Disability Sports Australia, RAC President Esme Bowen was proud to present David Gossage, Vice President of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades WA with the Award and thanked everyone for their contributions to WA.

“It is a true honour to be able to present this award, and to be part of recognising the selfless and often extraordinary efforts of the many volunteers in our community,” Ms Bowen said.

“We’re proud to support Volunteering WA who share our passion of giving back to the community.”

WA Volunteering CEO Mara Basanovic said the Award was a chance to honour a group for their above and beyond service to our community through their volunteering.

“We’ve partnered with RAC who understands how important it is to recognise and thank community volunteers,” said Ms Basanovic.

“Over 600,000 volunteers contribute in excess of $11 billion to the Western Australian economy each year. They are the backbone of communities in cities and towns who share happiness and enrich our quality of life and social cohesion.”

Last year, Conquer Cystic Fibrosis (CCF) was the recipient of the RAC-sponsored Award for their contribution to help those suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.

The sponsorship is part of the $1 million already provided to local communities since RAC’s Community Sponsorships program began in 2011.

RAC has been an integral part of the Western Australian community for 110 years and encourages community groups across WA to apply for sponsorship of up to $20,000.

RAC President Esme Bowen presents David Gossage, Vice President of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade with the Award.

RAC President Esme Bowen and Governor of Western Australia, He Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO,  present David Gossage, Vice President of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade with the Award.