HE once dressed up as Roald Dahl’s BFG (Big Friendly Giant) to entertain children as part of Book Week celebrations and now Geoff Webb has taken out the City of Cockburn’s Inspirational Volunteer of the Year Award.
Mr Webb was among six to be recognised for their commitment and dedication to volunteering in the City last week.
The Cockburn Rotarian has volunteered in the City since moving to Cockburn in 2011, with one of his greatest accomplishments being setting up Cockburn Men’s Shed.
A founding member and current treasurer, Mr Webb has been instrumental in raising funds to build the shed, which will open next year.
Mr Webb said he was humbled, though shocked, to take out the award.
“I’d like to thank the Rotarian Club of Cockburn and Rotary, who I have been with for 17 years,” he said. “I also think the City of Cockburn is the best council around for acknowledging what people do in the community.
“Not only through awards but many other ways, including their support of men’s shed, which they helped get up and going.”
Having volunteered in the community for decades, Mr Webb said without volunteers, a community wouldn’t develop.
“Coming from a small community town, everyone helped out,” he said. “That sort of thing was instilled in my own family.
“It’s a community thing that a lot of people lose and it needs to be there.
“Without volunteers, the community wouldn’t develop the way it does; it makes the community a better place and gives it that community spirit.”
Mayor Logan Howlett thanked all the volunteers for their generosity, dedication, passion, commitment and contributions.