Marcus game to volunteer, sports a Statewide award
Published on 07 October, 2011
CQUniversity research officer Marcus Ellison has gained Statewide recognition for his almost compulsive habit of volunteering.
His efforts on behalf of the Yaralla Football Club in Gladstone have earned him the title of 'Queensland Young Volunteer of the Year for Sport and Recreation', in an awards ceremony organised by the Office for Volunteering within the Queensland Department of Communities.
Marcus runs the 'ManUp' health program out of his Gladstone Campus office, but also finds time to be a player, coach, committee member and president for Yaralla.
He has coached the Under 13 girls to a minor premiership, run junior goalkeeper coaching sessions, served as fundraising officer and grant writer for two new grandstands, established the club website and email domain, helped to arrange new football kits, and fostered links with a multicultural group.
As well as his Statewide recognition, Marcus was the club's 'Supporter of the Year' last year. More recently, he has been voted as 'Club Person of the Year'.
Marcus received $500 and a framed certificate when he attended a volunteers' development workshop and presentation ceremony at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane recently. He received his award from the Hon Karen Struthers MP, Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women.