The Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) held their awards gala at the end of February where winners are presented with the National Awards for Excellence in Fundraising in their category.
The FIA Awards for Excellence in Fundraising are a key component to champion best practice in the sector.
Each year the awards recognise the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of professional fundraisers, volunteers, and organisations. They present the opportunity to celebrate members’ hard work and successes throughout the year.
Logan resident, and self-proclaimed pest, Charlie Bennett has been fundraising for MS Queensland for many years was nominated Queensland Volunteer of the Year.
Mr Bennett’s wife Jenny, for which their Brissie to the Bay team is named, was diagnosed with MS when just a teenager. Progressively over time Jenny’s physical condition has become worse however she is as active as possible and is the key contact for the Logan Multiple Sclerosis Support Group. They are both MS Queensland Ambassadors.
Mr Bennett and his team, Team Jenny, is one of the biggest fundraisers for the fight against MS and at the awards night in Melbourne, Mr Bennett won his category and is the Queensland Volunteer of the Year.
“Sometimes things happen, and you have no idea they are happening,” said Mr Bennett.
“Absolutely amazing, what a sensational surprise and I’m absolutely lost for words.”