FQ and NAB have teamed up to create the Academy of Awesome, a volunteer recognition program that celebrates the tireless work of volunteers across the state.
Football Queensland and NAB are pleased to announce Redlands United Football Club secretary Kristine Godden as the winner of the NAB Volunteer of the Month award for January 2018.
Mrs Godden was nominated to NAB’s Academy of Awesome by her club as an outstanding volunteer and has been recognised for her drive, willingness to help and community spirit.
Redlands United Football Club president Andrew Bradley said Mrs Godden deserved the award because of her fundraising efforts in particular.
“Kristine has been a member of this club for five or six years,” Mr Bradley said. “She recently joined the committee as club secretary and has taken on fundraising, and re-energised that part of the club.”
Mr Bradley said Mrs Godden has shown initiative in building the club.
“She’s very busy with her two kids, she has a new job she just started, and there’s the usual stuff as a mum, but she’s always the first to put her hand up. She’s focused, if she wants something done, she drives it to the point it happens.
“Whether it’s organising a barbecue at Bunnings, or picking up stray balls, she’s always the first to volunteer. Other than that, she’s just a really good egg.”
The Godden family moved to Brisbane from New Zealand ten years ago and have been involved with Redlands United Football Club for the better part of that decade.
Mrs Godden said she received a phone call from the Redlands United Football Club president, warning her she had been nominated.
“He gave me a call last week and said he nominated me, and I was pretty excited about that,” she said. “He said, that’s not even the best news, you’ve won.”
Mrs Godden said she was very exciting to be recognised and while she is not a footballer herself, volunteering enabled her to spend more time with her family.
“I’d been involved (with Redlands United FC) on and off for years, on the fundraising committee, Bunnings barbecues, raffles, working bees, whatever needs to be done gets done,” she said.
Mrs Godden is also manager of her son’s team, who plays centre midfielder for the club’s under-13s, her daughter, 15, is right fullback for the senior women, and her husband is centre defender for the over-35s.
“My entire family is involved in it, so it’s a great way I can spend extra time with them,” Mrs Godden said. “Why not invest my time into the club, because at the end of the day it helps my family out, and the club.
“It all helps the other kids too, their parents and the club, so it works out well.”
Find out more about the Academy of Awesome, and nominate your February Volunteer of the Month here.