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City to Surf for ACTIV - Busselton

 

The Chevron City to Surf for Activ in Busselton, Western Australia on Sunday, 13 August 2017 has 12km and 4km running and walking events, and a 4km wheelchair event.

This event is part of the WA City to Surf series. Finish all five events in the series in one year and be inducted into the Hall of Fame.


About ACTIV - Enabling people living with disability to live the life they want.

 

Since 1951 Activ has been making a life-changing difference to people living with disability in WA.  Our purpose for the last 65 years, and our aim for the future, is to support people living with disability to achieve their goals, overcome challenges and pursue a better life.

For more information about how Activ supports the Western Australian community visit www.activ.asn.au

Our History

Originally established as a fundraising event for Activ in 1975 and attended by 500 people, the City to Surf for Activ has grown into the second largest running event in Australia.  By taking part in 2017 you will help us raise money and provide essential supports to more than 2,000 people living with disability in WA.

In 2017 we will be celebrating 43 years of WA’s largest community sporting event and Activ’s major fundraising event. Take a jog down a memory lane with us.

Celebrating 43 Years

The City to Surf for Activ is Activ’s major fundraising event. Now in its 43rd year, it has become the second largest officially timed race in the Southern Hemisphere with over 50,000 participants taking part in the series in 2013. The much loved Perth event has now evolved into an entire City to Surf for Activ Series with events in Karratha, Geraldton, Albany and Busselton being launched in 2013.

For 43 years the Perth City to Surf has been an icon of the Western Australian sporting calendar, capturing the hearts of tens of thousands of people. The state government and event stakeholders fully endorse this event and have been helping to promote its virtues as a charity fundraising event, as well as the biggest community sporting event in the state, for many years. Their ongoing support helps to foster an event that is the envy of all with respect to the goodwill it creates within the broader community of Western Australia.

The traditional 12km event has evolved over the years and the carnival now includes a Marathon, Half Marathon, 12km run/walk and the 4km run/walk/wheelchair. The City to Surf for Activ is truly a unique running carnival and one that will remain on the WA sporting calendar for many generations to come.

Volunteer Winners are Grinners!

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Award-winners, sponsors and organisers demonstrating the theme for this year's National Volunteer Week: "Give Happy, Live Happy." Picture: Taelor Pelusey

 

Busselton and Dunsborough’s tireless volunteers were cast into the spotlight on Monday night at the annual Volunteer of the Year recognition Awards.

In his role as MC, Mayor Grant Henley announced Connor Oliver — a training officer, patrol captain and inflatable rescue boat crewman with the Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club — the youth award winner.

The club had another winner in the open category with Helen Rabjones, who has served as chief administrator for more than a decade, among other roles.

Cr Henley praised the club’s work, making specific mention of a public safety decision to cancel the swim leg of a triathlon at the weekend after a shark sighting.

“I think that was in the highest echelon of volunteers performing in their duties and I commend both the surf lifesavers and the volunteer marine rescue guys who were there,” he said.

Ms Rabjones was also mentioned in the tourism and events category.

However, the award went to Doreen Bailie, who has been Jetty Host co-ordinator since 2011 and volunteers for organisations, events and during cruise ship visits.

Cr Henley said the cruise ship volunteers helped the City take out first place in the best local initiative category at the 2016 Annual Cruising Industry Awards.

“This success can be attributed to the many volunteers who provide a vibrant and friendly welcome to cruise ship passengers,” he said.

Des Austin — a bushfire brigade volunteer of more than four decades, and Busselton SES deputy local manager since 2013 — was commended in the seniors category, and the overall award went to Margaret Tickle.

The mayor jokingly pulled out a seat for Ms Tickle before reading out a lengthy list of volunteer activities with clubs, events, churches and education groups.

Cr Henley described volunteers as the backbone of the community.

“Sometimes volunteer work is challenging but our community always seems to be up for this challenge and that’s thanks to the efforts of people such as your selves,” he said.

The awards were hosted by the City of Busselton and Busselton-Dunsborough Volunteer Centre, with support from Volunteering WA and Lotterieswest.

All the winners:

Apex Youth (under-25) Award

Winner: Connor Oliver

Rotary Tourism & Events Award

Winner: Doreen Bailee

Special Mention: Teresa Pool, Paul Davis, Yvonne Avery, Helen Rabjones

Harvey Norman Open Award

Winner: Helen Rabjones

Geographe Camping and Tackle World Seniors Award

Winner: Margaret Tickle

Highly Commended: Des Austin

Special Mention: Isobel Gale, Trevor Hemmett, Dawn Taylor, Marion Scott, Elsie Froome, Peter Jager, Malcom Jennings

Caring Support for Family & Parents

Red Cross operates the Family and Practical support programs throughout the Southwest. The purpose of the Service is to provide caring and practical assistance to families with babies and young children who are facing extra challenges in adjusting to their parenting role. It is an early intervention service that offers respite and support to multiple birth families, mothers experiencing or at risk of postnatal depression or perinatal mental health problems and social isolation.fp

Family support has been supporting families since 1993 and is a unique service that Red Cross offers only in Western Australia. Since its inception, over 3,000 families have been assisted by creating a supportive environment and helping to minimise many of the daily stresses experienced by families with babies. We support families in Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta.

Since 2008 Practical Support program has been supporting families by having volunteers visit the family home weekly and work alongside the mother assisting in domestic duties such as light housework, shopping and basic childcare e.g. feeding, settling babies, and preparing meals for children. The volunteer can also help with linking in with community and local supports and enhancing social networks. This Program is available in the Busselton area.


ROLE OF THE VOLUNTEER

Volunteers provide approximately 4 hours per week of in-home respite per family and may work with the same family for up to 6 months in the case of a multiple birth. Hands-on support - child related activities, feeding, preparing meals for children, settling babies. Role modelling - volunteers encourage positive interaction between parents and children (play, talking, and discipline) to develop a child's social and cognitive development.
Emotional support - ‘being there' for the mother, the willingness to listen without being judgemental or giving advice.
Social support - supporting families in developing social networks and linking to community resources.
For more information on this volunteer opportunity or other exciting roles contact us at the

Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre

Suite 5B - Ground Floor
21 Cammilleri Street
Box 11, CRC, 21 Cammilleri
Busselton WA 6280
Ph/Fax: 08 - 97542047
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Web:  www.bdvolunteers.org.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BusseltonDunsboroughVolunteer Centre

 Open Monday and Tuesday 8.00am to 4pm
& Wednesday 10am to 2pm

 

Book a SKYPE Call!

Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre is now on SKYPE.

To book a call you will need to send us an email with your SKYPE name.

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We will then request you join us as a friend and arrange a time to call you to discuss your volunteering enquiries and requirements.

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manWant to place an event on our calendar? - Contact us at: volunteers@westnet.com.au - Phone: 9754 2047

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