For 25 years, Gold Coaster Antoinette Borg has selflessly donated her time to help the local community.
The 77 year old has volunteered three days a week at St Vincent de Paul in Arundel, and has never missed a day since she started in 1975.
“I used to work in the shop for 9 years and then I moved to the back to sort jewellery and send them to the shops,” she told myGC.
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“I love everything about volunteering. Meeting people and I know I am doing something good for other people.”
Her incredible efforts have now been recognised, with Antoinette named Volunteering Gold Coast’s Volunteer of the Year for 2020.
See the emotional moment Antoinette is announced as Volunteer of the Year in the video below:
“Oh my god. Thank you very much. I hope this will help people to volunteer and help other people,” she told myGC.
“I can’t believe it.”
Volunteering Gold Coast’s General Manager of Marketing and Communications Nicole Smith said Antoinette was a deserved winner.
“Her longevity in volunteering really stood out to us,” she said.
“25 years is just incredible. She has obviously done a lot in her own community as well as with Vinnies.”
Retail Operations Manager for the South Coast diocese of St Vincent de Paul, Buffy Charles told myGC Antoinette was an incredibly dedicated volunteer.
“It’s just amazing to have such commitment and have a volunteer be as loyal as Ann,” she said.
“She never misses a beat, she’s always here and is a beloved member of our team. It’s so important the work that she does.”
To learn more about Antoinette, and to see the full list of winners for the 2020 Gold Coast Volunteer Awards, visit: volunteeringgc.org.au