Friday, July 10th, 2009
Students from Coolbellup Community School and Newton Primary School have scored themselves iPod nanos, a Wii and book vouchers galore for expressing their thoughts on volunteers.

The Dive Into Volunteering competition, organised by the Cockburn Resource Volunteer Centre, had the aim of encouraging students to talk and think about volunteering and how it positively contributes to the community.

City of Cockburn Deputy Mayor Kevin Allen said the competition was a way of enhancing their perception of volunteers and the role they play in strengthening community life and celebrating community spirit.

Newton Primary School student Daniel Santich, 11, won a Wii and certificate for his entry that had the tagline "Get into gear and volunteer".

"Daniel's images reflected the diverse range of volunteers in the community, his 50-word description of what volunteering meant to him demonstrated his understanding of the subject and he also had a catchy tagline, combining all three elements nicely," Cr Allen said.

Joshua Oreb, 11, took out second place, winning an iPod nano and $30 book voucher, highlighting that volunteering was not just for now but also an important part of the future.

Students Jared Broadhurst, Toni Sipic and Michelle Telese received commendation awards of $50 book vouchers while Aidan Davies, Hunter Eva, Claudia Galati, Evan Gaudet, Ella Gorman, Zoe Hillier, Ashley Kaa, Tim Lazic-Loda, Samuel McGiren, Jayden Ozolnieks, Johnathon Patterson, Jared Potts, Jamal Yusof and Emily Yugovich all received $15 book vouchers and participation certificates

Coolbellup Community School student Munirah Ahmad Niza, 9, scored an iPod nano and $30 book voucher for her design that reflected the diversity of volunteers, from soccer clubs to tree planting through to helping out at school canteens and collecting rubbish for Keep Australia Beautiful.

"The design showed she was very aware of the volunteering community relevant to her life and her message - 'to help others and not needing to be paid' - was short and sweet," Cr Allen said.

Participation certificates and $15 book vouchers also went to Mia Lopes, Callan Pen-Dennis-Watson, Cassidie Robinson, Norizzah Rosle, Dylan Taylor-Thorpe and Jordan Walker.

divein-daniel santich.jpeg: Newton Primary School student Daniel Santich, 11, receives his first prize – a Wii – from City of Cockburn Deputy Mayor Kevin Allen.

divein-joshua oreb.jpeg: Joshua Oreb, 11, from Newton Primary School scored an iPod nano from City of Cockburn Deputy Mayor Kevin Allen for his entry, taking out second place.

divein-commendations.jpeg: City of Cockburn Deputy Mayor Kevin Allen presenting $50 book voucher commendation awards to Jared Broadhurst, Toni Sipic and Michelle Telese.

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The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
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