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Adam Goodes receives Volunteer Ambassador Award

Lynne Dalton, Adam Goodes and Joy WoodhouseVeteran Sydney Swans Australian Rules player and dual Brownlow Medalist for best and fairest player Adam Goodes was named the 2010 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Ambassador for his work as a role model and mentor to young Aboriginals.

The Swans No 37 guernsey wearer accepted the award from Lynne Dalton, CEO, The Centre for Volunteering at a home training session on Thursday, 13 May 2010 before the match against Western Bulldogs, coinciding with National Volunteer Week, 10–16 May 2010.

The annual NSW Volunteer of the Year Award recognises the significant contribution volunteers make to the community in New South Wales.

Some 2.4 million people in NSW contribute an estimated $5 billion to the State’s economy through their efforts as volunteers. Without their selfless efforts over an estimated 235 million working hours, many State and local government services would not exist.

Adam Goodes is of Aboriginal descent, and is active in the Sydney indigenous community. He has spent time working with troubled indigenous youth, including those in youth detention centres, along with his cousin and former teammate Michael O'Loughlin.

In September 2009 they launched the Goodes O'Loughlin Foundation ( a foundation aimed at empowering the next generation of Indigenous role models in all walks of life across Australia. Adam and Michael co-Chair the Foundation, which focuses on Education, Employment and Healthy Lifestyles.

Together they have also just helped to start an indigenous football academy.

Adam paid tribute to the work of volunteers throughout the community and the effect their effort had on promoting wellbeing and positive attitude.

“You just have to look at sporting training fields throughout NSW – no matter what code of sport – to see the unpaid effort that goes into supporting just about everything we do.

I’m thrilled by the camaraderie that volunteering develops and I’m truly honoured to accept this award for 2010,” he said.

Details of how to nominate people for the awards and the judging criteria are The Centre’s website:

Browse photos and videos of Adam's presentation.

More Information:  
Kristin Romanis, NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Manager, The Centre for Volunteering    
M: 0412 313 359, E:

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