Football Queensland (FQ) and NAB are proud to announce Mandy Hall of Alloway FC in Bundaberg as the winner of the NAB Volunteer of the Month award for September.
Hall was nominated to the NAB Academy of Awesome by Alloway FC secretary Matthew Brown for her tireless dedication to the club where she undertakes numerous roles, most importantly club treasurer.
“She’s been treasurer for three years at the club,” Brown said.
“She’s done a few extra jobs for us this year, like taking on registrar, because our old registrar had to resign. She has helped with junior teams as well throughout the year.”
Hall confessed to being extremely surprised when she was told she’d won the NAB Volunteer of the Month award.
“I was actually quite stunned,” she said.
“We’ve had a really busy year, and we have a small group of committee members who work ridiculously hard to make the club run, so I’m just one of many.”
Like many volunteers, Hall first became involved with the club through her children’s participation.
“Three years ago I came over to Alloway because my daughter needed a team to go to,” she explained.
“At the time, the club didn’t have a treasurer, and her coach asked me to help out so I jumped on board and the rest is history.”
Being able to put her skills as a trained bookkeeper to good use and then see her contribution make a difference around the club is what continues to motivate Hall.
“I genuinely believe that my skills have helped strengthen the club, so I take a lot of pride in that,” she said.
“That’s what motivates me to do it as well, you get to see the difference you’re making along the way.
“Whether its season to season, week to week or month to month, you can see that you’re making a difference, you can see that your contribution is definitely helping.”
Most of though, Hall was eager to use the spotlight of her award win to heap praise on everyone at Alloway FC.
“We have a really great group of people, coaches, managers and committee members and everyone works really hard for the benefit of the club,” she said.
“I can honestly say we have the most amazing group of volunteers.”
Is there a volunteer at your local club who should be recognised for the time they dedicate to football? Nominate someone for the NAB Volunteer of the Month here.
Words: Samuel Johnson