Reaching people in their darkest hours, Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews has been nominated for the Youth Volunteering Award for his dedication and commitment to St John Ambulance.

For over a decade, Michael has worked tirelessly at every level to pursue his passion to help people in the middle of the darkest moments of their life. Michael has held the role of State Projects Officer, co-planned and ran a National Conference and is currently the Marketing, Communications and Events Coordinator for the Australian Youth Advisory Network.

In addition to his work with St John Ambulance, for the last five years Michael has volunteered with Surf Life Saving Queensland, and recently launched his own consulting business to provide pro-bono IT assistance for small businesses.

Christine Morris, who volunteers with Michael, highlighted his incredible innovation, vision and charisma in every role he’s held.

“Michael has an amazing ability to unite people together for a common cause,” Ms Morris said.

“Each and every person who meets Michael can tell that he’s working for something bigger than himself. He isn’t working to be someone, but to do something.”

CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.

“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.”

“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”

Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 8-14 May 2017.