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City congratulates Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year

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The City of Greater Bendigo Citizen of the Year is Kevin Cail and the Young Citizen of the Year is Sam Kane.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said both Kevin and Sam had been recognised for their volunteer work.

“Kevin is a passionate volunteer in the Kamarooka community, while Sam has been recognised for his service to the Golden Square community,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Kevin is described as ‘Mr Kamarooka’. He is a long-time Kamarooka resident and caretaker and Vice President of the Kamarooka Recreation Reserve, where he continues a long family tradition of maintaining the reserve.

“Sam has been volunteering at the Golden Square Swimming Pool since he was 14, supporting fundraising efforts, attending working bees, working in the kiosk and promoting pool events. He is now President of the pool committee and also assists with social media promotion for Golden Square Kindergarten and the Bendigo Youth Choir.

“The City is delighted to honour Kevin and Sam. Their actions demonstrate what being part of a community is all about and what the City seeks to recognise through these awards –kind, hard-working and selfless people who strive to help others and make a difference.

“This is the highest honour the City can place on two residents who serve as great role models for others. Congratulations to Kevin and Sam, thank you for your contribution to our community and best wishes for the next 12 months as you serve as ambassadors for Greater Bendigo.”

About Kevin Cail

Kevin is described as ‘Mr Kamarooka’. He is a long-time Kamarooka resident and caretaker and Vice President of the Kamarooka Recreation Reserve.

He is an exceptional volunteer who proudly continues a Cail family tradition of maintaining the recreation reserve, a role that has been passed from one generation to the next over many years.

Kevin is responsible for the maintenance, restoration and beautification of the reserve. Over the years his efforts have ensured it is suitable for many clubs and community events, including the former Northern United Football and Cricket Clubs, tennis matches, landcare groups, ladies events, sheep auctions, dog training and the all-important annual Kamarooka Picnic.

To raise money for the Kamarooka Community Club, Kevin regularly runs sausage sizzles at Bunnings and collects the money paid to park at the Elmore Field Days event. He was also involved with Drummartin Primary School, and mentors young people in the district and is a local historian.

About Sam Kane

Sam is 20-years-old and is respected in the Golden Square community for his dedication and interest in helping others.

He has been volunteering at the Golden Square Swimming Pool since he was 14, supporting fundraising efforts, working bees, and marketing and promotion.

Last year he became President of the pool committee and leads a passionate group of approximately 50 volunteers. He oversees the pool’s day-to-day operations and leads the other volunteers in fundraising, pool maintenance and running events.

Sam was a member of the Bendigo Youth Choir for 10 years and assists both the Choir and Golden Square Kindergarten with social media promotion.

Sam is studying a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University, majoring in politics and journalism, and returns to Bendigo during university holidays to work as a journalist for the Bendigo Weekly.

He is described by those who nominated him as a diligent, dynamic and skilled leader.

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