The awards were presented recently by the peak body for ageing Italo-Australians in South Australia, CO.AS.IT.
An accountant and long-term ANFE board member, Mr Fimiani (pictured above left) received the recognition award given to an individual under 40 who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to changing the lives of members of the senior Italian community. This included helping initiate ANFE’s home garden maintenance program.
Ginil Fernandez (pictured above right), a software engineer, was also commended on his efforts as a volunteer after providing the ANFE Board with exceptional strategic direction and support over the past five years and was nominated for the ‘Under 40’ award.
Mr Fernandez, who developed the Adelaide Archdiocese’s Find a Mass App, said he was honoured to have been nominated.
“As a Christian, it is our duty to use our talents…volunteering my time to the board of ANFE has given me the opportunity to do this,” he said.
“I think most volunteers would say the joy is in giving rather than receiving, and I am the same,” said Mr Fernandez. “Seeing numerous members of the community receive services provided by ANFE is a reward in itself. I am grateful to receive recognition from the Italian community, with the full knowledge that I am only a small part in what this organisation provides.”
Rosa Colmagro, a volunteer cook celebrating 30 years of service at ANFE, was awarded the annual ‘Volunteer Award’ in recognition of her loyalty and dedication to serving others.
ANFE Community Care chief executive Frances McInerney said she was “thrilled” that the organisation’s volunteers had received the recognition they deserved.
For more information on volunteering with ANFE Community Care, email Max Corsalini at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8234 5550.Jump to next article