In presenting the Victoria Day Award for Public and Community Service by a Good Corporate Citizen, Victoria Day Council Chairman Norman Kennedy described Cabrini as a “good corporate citizen” and one that supports and operates programs for disadvantaged people in their community, citing examples such as Cabrini’s support for: an Indigenous tutoring program at Stonnington Primary School, CatholicCare, Very Special Kids (Malvern), Family Life (Brighton) and Sacred Heart Mission (St Kilda), as well as Cabrini’s investment in the TransAccess Mobility Support Service, the Malvern emergency food program and a community bereavement service.
Mr Kennedy says he was honoured to introduce this year’s winners. “The Victoria Day Council each year recognises people in the community that have gone above and beyond their contribution to the community within Victoria. On behalf of the Victoria Day Council, I thank them and congratulate them on their truly outstanding achievements.”
In particular, Mr Kennedy highlighted the Cabrini Linen Service in Dandenong South, which provides employment opportunities for people who might otherwise struggle to find employment, including recently arrived migrants, long term unemployed, homeless, at-risk youth and people who have suffered mental illness or addiction.
The Cabrini Linen Service has more than 140 staff, representing 32 different cultural groups including 41 staff from the local community comprising ten refugees and 31 locals. According to Ralf Pelz, Managing Director of the Cabrini Linen Service, of these new placements, 80 per cent had been unemployed for over a year with half (48 per cent) having been unable to gain work for more than two years. “Starting work in a temporary capacity at CLS has enabled them to turn their lives around by commencing a working career and the opportunity to change their lives,” said Mr Pelz.
In accepting the Victoria Day Award for Public and Community Service by a Good Corporate Citizen, Chairman of the Board of Cabrini Health Richard Rogers said he was proud and delighted. “Cabrini Health strives in all areas to meet unmet needs and to take care of those less fortunate in our community; Cabrini Linen Service is a great example of our fulfilment of mission.”
Cabrini Health is the first healthcare provider to achieve this prestigious award, joining well know Victorian organisations such as Qenos, Linfox, Pitcher Partners, Incolink, Mecu, Ritchies Stores, RACV, TRUenergy, Fantastic Ltd, Jayco Australia, Toyota and Bendigo Bank.
During the Victoria Day Council Awards ceremony held at the Melbourne Town Hall, five awards for outstanding public and community services were presented including Victorian of the Year Judith Durham AO; Young Victorian of the Year Luba Josevski; Community Organisation Scope and Victoria Day Award for the Arts Australian Tapestry Workshop.
This occasion was re-enacted outside the Melbourne Town Hall today; giving award winners, dignitaries and passers-by a unique experience of Governor La Trobe’s Proclamation of Separation and a traditional flag-raising ceremony. Later, at a formal awards ceremony in Swanston Hall, the Victorian of the Year and other award recipients were presented their awards by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Cr Robert Doyle.
Victoria Day celebrates Victoria’s independence and its history since separation from New South Wales on 1 July 1851. The 2015 occasion marks the 164th anniversary of the official separation of Victoria from New South Wales and the formal proclamation as an independent State by Governor La Trobe. It is Victoria’s most significant day, establishing responsible government, the name of our State and our geographical boundaries.
Victoria Day awards those individuals and groups who have made significant and valuable contributions to Victorian communities. The Victoria Day Council has the acknowledgement and encouragement of the Victorian Government and the Governor of Victoria. The selection of the award recipients was made by the Trustees of the Victorian Day Council from a number of worthy nominations. The Trustees of the Victoria Day Council is made up of previous Victorian of the Year Award recipients.
Cabrini is a Catholic, private, not-for-profit health service sponsored by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This order was founded by Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini who was canonised Universal Patron Saint of Immigrants in 1946. Founded in 1948, Cabrini now has approximately 4300 staff, 200 volunteers and 1000 accredited medical specialists, as well as 832 beds across six clinical sites. Our services span aged care, cancer care, cardiac services, children’s care, emergency care, health promotion, home/community-based care, maternity services, palliative care, rehabilitation, research and education. We have two divisions that provide services for Cabrini and other clients: Cabrini Linen Service, located in Dandenong South, and Cabrini Technology, which provides information and healthcare technology services to the health, disability and aged-care sectors in Australasia. The Cabrini Foundation (established in 2002) oversees and guides all fundraising activities on behalf of Cabrini, helping to ensure we can continue to provide a wide range of vital healthcare services for our community. For more information visit www.cabrini.com.au
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