NSW Grandparent of the Year award nominations now open

BATHURST residents have been invited to nominate their favourite senior to be the 2018 NSW Grandparent of the Year.

Nominations for the awards and entries for the Grandparents Day Photography Competition are now open.

“Grandparents Day is a chance for us to say thank you for the important role seniors play in our communities, and remind them that their work does not go unnoticed,” Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said. 

Mrs Davies said grandparents across NSW spend almost 11 hours each week providing unpaid care for more than 280,000 children.

“I urge everyone to nominate somebody special to show how much you appreciate them, or take them along to one of the many Grandparents Day events the NSW Government is supporting across the State.”

Winner of the 2017 NSW Grandparent of the Year Award, Aunty Dianne O’Brien, said she was thrilled to be recognised last year for her lifetime’s work improving the lives of children on the Central Coast.

“I dedicate my time to helping these kids so they have every chance for a good start in life, and to achieve their goals,” Ms O’Brien said.

“I don’t do what I do to be recognised, but I was honoured to be chosen and I encourage everyone to nominate somebody special to show you appreciate them.”

The theme for this year’s Photography Competition is intergenerational relationships, and entries are open until September 14. Nominations for the Awards will close on September 7.

NSW Grandparents Day, which falls on October 28 this year, was introduced in 2012 as an initiative of the NSW Government’s Ageing Strategy. For more information visit www.grandparentsday.nsw.gov.au.