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Volunteers honoured with Australia Day awards

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Sports club volunteers and a mental health advocate were among those honoured with Australia Day awards for 2022.

Surf life saver Jacinta Day, who is president of the Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club, received the highest Australia Day honour and was named Citizen of the Year for the City of Holdfast Bay.

Jacinta gained her bronze medallion in 2013 and over the years has gained another 19 awards.

She was instrumental in establishing the Silver Salties program, with the support of Surf Life Saving SA.

A first for the state and nationally, the program is aimed at bringing older people together to participate in healthy activities in a socially-friendly environment and has gained widespread acclaim.

Jacinta also played a key role in creating the Pink Patrol event, which gave women and girls the chance to share their stories and celebrate their achievements.

“It’s wonderful to celebrate Jacinta’s achievements and to highlight the significant contribution she has made to the Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club and to the wider community,” Mayor Amanda Wilson said.

The Young Citizen of the Year honour was awarded to Jack Shepherd, who founded the 21 Run Club and is striving to shatter the stigma attached to mental health.

The run club leaves from Glenelg Jetty every Friday morning, with participants encouraged to meet new people and have a chat at a local café after the run.

Before the run club was established, the 25-year-old's goal was to run 2100 kilometres, complete 21 half marathons and raise $21,000 to be distributed to Mental Health Support in Australia.

“I am pleased to tell you all that he achieved this goal and we congratulate Jack today on his achievements and commitment to helping others,” Mayor Wilson said.

The winner of the Community Event of the Year award was presented to sports club volunteers who coordinated the Brighton Oval Open Day held in April last year.

Volunteers from the Brighton Cricket and Football Club, the Brighton Rugby Club, Brighton Lacrosse Club and the Brighton Croquet Club worked together to hold the very successful community event, despite COVID restrictions.

The Seacliff Rail Care Group was presented the Award for Active Citizenship, which is a new award for this year.

Founded in 2016 by Kate Ellis, David Cruickshanks-Boyd and a few other community members, the volunteer group has now grown to 15 regular volunteers who hold monthly working bees.

They have transformed the station precinct with more than 2000 native plants and have created a habitat for native bees and butterflies.

In addition to the community awards, 76 people from 23 countries became Australian citizens at the Australia Day ceremony held in Glenelg.

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