Queensland’s top volunteers vie for $13,000 in rewards thanks to Heritage Bank

The efforts of hard-working Queensland volunteers will be rewarded with more than $13,000 in prizes when Heritage Bank’s popular Volunteer of The Year Award returns in 2014.

Heritage Bank ran the Volunteer of the Year Award for the first time ever last year, giving everyday Queenslanders the chance to nominate and vote for their favourite volunteer.

The competition is back from 1 January next year, with increased prize money up for grabs and additional ways for people to nominate and vote.

Heritage CEO Mr John Minz said the awards were a great way for people to show their appreciation and say “thanks” for the countless hours put in by volunteers throughout Queensland.

“Queensland is home to 1.2 million people who volunteer their time and effort towards our economic, social and cultural lives. Without them, many services and groups would not exist,” Mr Minz said.

“Like many volunteers, our aim at Heritage is to help enrich the communities we live in by putting People first. As a community-minded bank we are pleased to highlight the exceptional services provided by volunteers and their organisations.”

Mr Minz said participation in the Heritage Bank Volunteer of the Year Awards is now even easier this time around, with people now able to nominate and vote via the Heritage Bank website as well as the Heritage Facebook page.

“There are so many worthy individuals and organizations that deserve recognition for the positive effect they have in our communities,” he said.

“By opening up the Awards process to a variety of platforms including social media, we hope to get more of the community involved and raise much-needed awareness for the tireless efforts of our volunteers and the projects they support.”

Nominations and voting for the Heritage Bank Volunteer of the Year Award will open to the public on 1 January 2014.

• The volunteer with the highest number of public votes will receive $10,000 for their organisation and $1,000 for themselves.
• Two runner-up volunteers as voted by the public will win $1,000 for their organisation and $100 each for themselves.
• One volunteer will receive The People first Award of $1,000 for their organisation and $100 for themselves.  This will be awarded by Heritage Bank to the volunteer who best embodies the Heritage values of integrity, excellence and community.  

Nominations close on 31 January, while voting will remain open for an extra week and close on 7 February 2014. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, 11 February 2014.

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