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SHINE volunteer wins NPCH Chairman’s Medal

The 2022 Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chairman’s Medal has been awarded to our volunteer Helen Walker-McCready for her outstanding support of young people.

For the past 10 years, Helen has provided her support, kindness and empathy to children with a parent in Cessnock Correctional Centre, helping families navigate an extremely difficult time and overcome the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage.

“Helen has contributed much to SHINE for Kids during an incredible ten years with us, from setting up play areas and engaging shy children in activities to assisting families during drop-in services, Helen gives every person she encounters kindness and every task, large or small, the same committed attention,” said our CEO Julie Hourigan-Ruse.

“Because of this commitment and knowledge, she often takes new volunteers under her wing, guiding them and ensuring our families receive the best possible support. She is vital to our team and we have gained so much from having her on board.”

Congratulations Helen!

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Helen, SHINE for Kids volunteer, Cessnock