Kelmscott Senior High School’s Norm Hammond nominated as finalist in Celebrate WA Awards


Norm Hammond with Molly. Picture: Jon Hewson d454727
Norm Hammond with Molly. Picture: Jon Hewson d454727

NORM Hammond started pushing wheelbarrows over vast distances in 1984 to raise funds for community causes and is still at it, 32 years later.

His dedication has been recognised with a nomination in this Friday’s 2016 Celebrate WA awards, and is one of three finalists in the community award category.

Mr Hammond first became involved in the Black Rock Stakes in Karratha which was the forerunner to his involvement in a range of similar events ever since.

He has co-ordinated Drug Free Lifestyle Runs, Run Through the Night, Blackwood Marathon teams, Balzano Barrow Race teams and Collie Valley teams.

In November he is aiming to take part in another 111km wheelbarrow relay from Carmel to Brookton to raise funds for another leadership group he is involved with, Teamforce Australia.

Mr Hammond has held numerous school camps, formed an emergency team for children’s activities in Exmouth following the 1999 Cyclone Vance, held farm open days as charity fundraisers for Police Legacy, The Kelmscott Roleystone Bushfire Appeal and Heartkids.

He has also co-ordinated and run more than 25 annual leadership camps.

As well as being a champion of community causes over many years, Mr Hammond has been the co-ordinator of Kelmscott Senior High School’s agricultural program for the best part of 22 years.

The program introduces primary schoolers from local and metropolitan schools to learn about agricultural awareness at the school’s farm.

Students experience the different facets of farm life, with practical activities in horticulture, animal husbandry and care and everyday farm tasks.

He has taken a few breaks over that time, including driving a support vehicle for 100 days during the 2000 Olympic torch relay and 50 days for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Mr Hammond said he was surprised and humbled at being nominated for the award.

“When you look at the company you keep in these awards we’ve got some heavy hitters out there,” he said.

“I haven’t thought that I had done anything special, just little things along the way which you do.”

Celebrate WA Chairman Michael Anghie said the awards recognise the achievements of Western Australians from all backgrounds and professions who have made a significant contribution to the State.

An overall Western Australian of the Year will be selected from the winners of each category.