Penrhos College Year 12 student Lee Bing Tan named Junior Volunteer of the Year by City of South Perth


City of South Perth Thank a Volunteer Day winners Troy Malatesta, Lee Bing Tan and Fay Collins celebrate their awards with Mayor Sue Doherty.
City of South Perth Thank a Volunteer Day winners Troy Malatesta, Lee Bing Tan and Fay Collins celebrate their awards with Mayor Sue Doherty.

VOLUNTEER work to help women fleeing from domestic violence has helped Lee Bing Tan to be recognised.

The Year 12 Penhros College student received the Junior Volunteer of the Year Award at the City of South Perth’s Thank a Volunteer Day breakfast on December 5.

As the Community Services Captain at the school, Lee spearheaded a number of initiatives during this year.

“I brainstormed with some of the other students about ways we could help the community at the school and the local community too,” she said.

“We decided to do a hamper drive for The Patricia Giles Centre and we created posters to put around the school.

“It was good seeing people around the school donate and I think it helped raise the issue.

“We also put jars in the canteen so people could put loose change in for One Girl, which is a charity that educates girls in Africa, and the White Ribbon campaign.”

Lee said she had never received a similar award so it was surprise for her but it made her feel good.

“It was really inspiring meeting the other volunteers and seeing how they help out,” she said.

Lee has also volunteered for charities and organisations such as Lifeline, Starlight Foundation, the City of South Perth’s Australia Day event, Kensington Primary School.

Fay Collins won the Volunteer of the Year Award and Troy Malatesta won the Young Volunteer of the Year Award, which is for people aged between 18 and 25.