Len Gallo recognised for volunteering excellence

MARSFIELD resident Len Gallo (pictured) has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 NSW Volunteer of the Year awards.

Hard working Len has operated Inflower at Ryde for 35 years.

Each week he creates a number of bouquets and donates them to Royal Rehab Rehabilitation and Disability Support Network at Putney.

He was nominated for the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Awards in the Corporate Individual for the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Awards Volunteer category.

Len was named a finalist at a certificate presentation at NSW Parliament House earlier this month.

Winners will be announced on December 8 at North Sydney Leagues Club.

For Len, donating flowers each week is a way of having a positive impact in his community and for the patients of Royal Rehab, it’s a small gesture which has a big impact.

Royal Rehab provides specialist rehabilitation and disability services for people who have acquired a disability or impairment through trauma, accident or illness.

It offers rehabilitation for brain and spinal cord injury and other complex, long term health needs.

Every hour generously donated by volunteers like Len helps improve the quality and availability of Royal Rehab’s services.

Chief Executive Officer of The Centre for Volunteering, Gemma Rygate, said the donation of employees’ skills and talents can be more valuable than a cash donation.

“It has a shared value, contributing both to the professional development of corporate staff and the level of expertise and resources a charity can offer its clients.

The Awards Patron, the Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams said volunteering was a way for business to invest in its local community.

“Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to our community, both for the individual volunteer and for the corporate sector as a whole,” Mr Williams said.

“The NSW Government is proud to support these awards because we understand the significant social and economic value of volunteering, he said.”

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said the club industry was proud to be Principal Partners of the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

“On behalf of our 1200 member clubs, we are very proud to support this Awards program which shines a spotlight on the 2.3 million volunteers in NSW.

“Clubs across NSW rely upon over 40,000 volunteers to assist in their operations to provide services to members and their local communities.”