KELLY DOYLE, founder of the registered charity Foster Care Angels has won the 2019 Locals for Locals Award for Community Service.
She and her husband Glen, former foster parents, founded the charity to help ease the trauma suffered by children and young people in foster care. Kelly was among 14 award winners at the night which also launched the Orange Blossom Festival Program.
Highly commended in the community section were: Uma Menon from the Community Migrant Resource Centre and the Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Network and Alison Harper, a volunteer with the Hills Relay For Life.
Julie Warner from Independent Business Network won the Business Award for community involvement.
Highly Commended were Alex and Connie Mottshaw from Online Spiderweb.
Singer David Sanders was named winner of the Community Contribution Award for Arts and Culture for his charity work and numerous public performances including singing both the Australian and New Zealand anthems at the Dawn Service in Castle Hill and performances at Christmas in the Hills.
Highly Commended were Radio Active Live and Friends of Bella Vista Farm.
The Environment and Sustainability Award went to Chris Jones a Community Environment Centre volunteer who has delivered a number of environmental workshops a garden booklet.
Learning in the Hills, which provides a huge range of classes for the community, won the Community Contribution Award for Education.
Kirsten Grill from Baulkham Hills Hawks JAFC won the Community Contribution Award for Sports and Recreation.
Kevin Dodds and Brian Bowyer rom Baulkham Hills Cricket Club. Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne congratulated all the finalists and said: “Events like Local for Locals provide an opportunity to celebrate our local heroes – those amazing individuals who have made an incredible imprint in our story.”
The Orange Blossom Festival events continue with the Lights, Eats and Beats event at Castle Hill Showground this Saturday (September 14) between 4pm and 9pm.
The family-friendly evening includes Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band from ABC Kids, dance and acrobatic group Dauntless Movement Crew, The X-Factor Australia Season Three winner Reece Mastin and Aussie rock legend Jon Stevens.
Followed by a firework display. For more information on The Hills Shire Orange Blossom Festival, visit www.orangeblossomfestival.com.au