Volunteer hooked on helping others

The 77-year-old Nedlands resident said it was a �great honour� to accept his award at the WA Volunteer Award gala last Thursday night.

�I have been fishing since I was nine-years-old, so when I found out about Fishers with Disabilities, I thought: �what better thing to do than something I already enjoy?�� Mr Benetti said.

�It was the first group I went to that hooked me in.

�No matter whether they caught a trumpeter or a blowfish, they got so much out of it.

�I was gobsmacked to see the excitement and joy in their faces.

�Something as simple as catching a fish on a sunny day can mean the world to someone who may not previously have had the opportunity.�

Mr Benetti helped design and manufacture a special modified electrical rod and reel for disabled participants in the program.

In 2015 alone, he and his team of 35 volunteers will deliver more than 120 jetty and boat fishing activities to at least 1600 disabled children and adults.

�I am always surprised by how many people do not know about Fishers with Disabilities,� Mr Benetti said.

�If this award can help publicise our organisation and attract more people to volunteer their time, then that would be tremendous.�

Mr Benetti also volunteers at the Marine Discoveries Centre and as a volunteer liaison officer for the Fisheries Department.