The HELP Awards

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Help deserves to be recognised. Every year, we reward locals in our community for their outstanding contributions. Here are all the winners for each category since the Help Awards started in 2019.

2023

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James and Jenni Niederer

NRMA Insurance Community Sport Award

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Kangaroo Island SES

NRMA Insurance Emergency Services Help Award

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Lost Pets of South Australia

Fresh 92.7 Community Champion

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Annette Boardman

TTO Individual Star

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Dr Courtney Prue

AMP Healthcare Hero

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Neil Davis

ADL Support Services Wellness & Inclusion

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Gabe Lieschke

Lexus Learner

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Lost Pets of South Australia

NRMA Insurance People’s Choice

2022

AMP Healthcare Hero: Laura Drexler
The Lexus Learner: Haydyn Bromley
The TTO Individual Star: Georgi K Thomas
Fresh 92.7 Community Champion: Paid 4 U Cafe
ADL Wellness & Inclusion: With Love Formal Wear
The People’s Choice: Lost Pets of South Australia

2022

2021

AMP Healthcare Hero: Caroline Whiteford
The Lexus Learner: Kelly Subenko
The TTO Individual Star: Melanie Tate
Fresh 92.7 Community Champion: Eric & Heather Randall
Wellness & Inclusion: Defence Shed Port Adelaide
The People’s Choice: Lost Pets of South Australia

2021

2020

AMP Healthcare Hero: Jorin Derks
The Lexus Learner: Rachel Zaltron
The TTO Individual Star: Ben Easter
Fresh 92.7 Community Champion: SA Brothers
The People’s Choice: Bodyfit Kent Town

2020

James and Jenni Niederer

NRMA Insurance Community Sport Award

Who are they?

James and Jenni Niederer have gone above a beyond to set up complete pathways for cricketers living with a disability setting up an All-Abilities Cricket Blast, Novita All-Star Cricket program and are a host club for the inaugural Inclusive League Season.

What makes them a HELP Awards Winner?

Jenni and Jim at Reynella Cricket Club have shown exceptional dedication to fostering inclusive cricket pathways for individuals living with disabilities. Their pioneering initiatives have made cricket accessible and enjoyable for everyone. In previous seasons, they led the way by introducing the Woolworths Cricket Blast All-Abilities Program for kids aged 5-12 years, the Novita All-Star Cricket Program for those aged 12-16 years with disabilities, and a groundbreaking Inclusive League side for adults living with disabilities. Reynella CC became the first club in SA to run these programs, creating a supportive environment for skill development and participation in competitive cricket. Beyond the programs, Jenni and Jim ensured equal opportunities for training and uniform provision, allowing cricketers with disabilities to feel integrated and valued within the club. Their continuous efforts in promoting equity in cricket serve as an inspiring example for other clubs in the state.

Jim and Jenni have gone above and beyond across the past few seasons to ensure all players who are part of their multiple inclusion programs are given opportunities to train alongside their mainstream cricket programs, providing them the same uniform the kids as these mainstream programs have and have been pioneers in the space of inclusion for a long time. This ongoing embrace of equity at the club is admirable and is providing the example for other clubs in the state to follow in their footsteps.

The number of kids in the Southern region that have been able to enjoy the social and physical benefits of cricket with the forward-thinking and hard work of Jim and Jenni when setting up these three great programs shows the impact they have had. Without people like them the game of cricket wouldn’t be making such great strides in being the game for all. The initiatives by Jenni and Jim at the club are proving to be a catalyst for change amongst other cricket clubs in the area, making significant progress in switching perceptions on what cricket is and how everyone can play.

Kangaroo Island State Emergency Service

NRMA Insurance Emergency Services Help Award

Who are they?

The KISES crew members consistently exceed expectations, particularly considering their remote location. Their remarkable ability to mobilize within 10 minutes is a testament to their efficiency and dedication. Being situated on an island poses unique challenges, as they often have limited assistance from mainland units. Despite these obstacles, the KISES crew operates self-sufficiently for extended periods, sometimes up to 72 hours, braving any challenges that nature throws their way.

These dedicated individuals go above and beyond in their duties, offering assistance to various agencies in a multitude of scenarios. From providing essential lighting to aiding in patient transfers, conducting vertical rescues, and responding to major road accidents, the KISES crew showcases exceptional skills, professionalism, and resilience in their relentless pursuit of serving their community.

What makes them a HELP Awards Winner?

Kangaroo Island crew members carry a spare uniform in their private vehicles enabling them to respond to incidents if close by, and in numerous cases have been able to do so, due to some members working anywhere on the Island.
 
This has assisted in good response times to situations that can be critical.  Working as a team is so vitally important within the unit and with SAPOL, CFS, SAAS, as well as the general public, their ability to do so is a credit to the community with in which they work.
 

Lost Pets of South Australia

Fresh 92.7 Community Champion

Who are they?

Active since 2013, this is a group of dedicated, non-judgmental and compassionate volunteers whose aim is to reunite lost and found pets throughout South Australia with their families. They also run the very successful Chip Blitz program which offers affordable microchipping to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

What makes them a HELP Awards Winner?

Lost Pets of South Australia has been active on Facebook for ten years. Their volunteers man the page 12 hours a day/7 days a week/every day of the year. They not only post lost, found and wandering pets, on their Facebook page but also any reports of deceased animals. As well as posting to their Facebook page, they provide useful information to people who contact them on how best to go about finding a lost pet and what steps to take in regard to a found or deceased animal. They are also happy to try to answer any other questions in regard to animals that you may have. When an pet is found, having a microchip is a huge help in returning that pet to their families. Unfortunately, getting a pet microchipped wasn’t always something that was affordable to all people, so LPSA established and run the highly successful Chip Blitz program, which offers microchipping for $10 per pet. They also cross-check other missing pet pages on Facebook in an effort to find or match as many pets as possible. If you want to post a pet but don’t want your details on the page, they will act as go-betweens which is an amazing help to people who find themselves in situations where disclosing details of their location or identity could prove a threat to their safety.

Annette Boardman

TTO Individual Star

Who are they?

Since emigrating to Australia in 1974 with her (then) husband and 3 young daughters. Annette has never failed to go beyond the normal to help people. Since 1978 she’s worked with intellectually disabled children, worked in aged care for many years, including and inviting elderly residents that had no family at all into her family home for Sunday dinners, Christmas etc. In the last 20 years of her working life, before retiring at the age of 70, she worked with our country’s most vulnerable: children in State care.

One particular young, indigenous lad was intellectually disabled and extremely vulnerable to those who would seek to take advantage of this. At the age of 15, this young lad would find himself in a permanent, caring and nurturing foster home. Where he was welcomed and integrated as a permanent member of the family. Not just with Annette and her husband, but also with her 4 daughters and their families. This extended a couple of years later to taking in a 14-year-old girl and her 3 & 4 year old siblings; for 18 months. This was to ensure the 3 children stayed together and not separated. After 2 years the youngest 2 went back to their mother and the elder girl stayed on as another equal member of the family, until she was nearly 27 years old (she moved interstate).

Dr Courtney Prue

AMP Healthcare Hero

Who are they?

Rest Your Paws are an in-home euthanasia and palliative care service for cats and dogs founded by Dr Courtney Prue. Rest Your Paws is Australia’s leading in-home palliative care and euthanasia service for elderly and terminally-ill pets. We believe every pet deserves the best possible end-of-life veterinary care in the comfort of home. We feel honoured to have some of the most caring, compassionate, and skilled veterinarians dedicated to providing a gentle and personalised service for families during the final stages of their pet’s life.

Neil Davis

ADL Support Services Wellness & Inclusion

Who are they?

If you have never met a grieving father who has made a difference to tens of thousands of young people’s lives, meet Neil. Neil’s son, Sam, was tragically killed in a one-punch attack in 2008. Neil has made it his life’s work to make sure no young people’s lives are lost due to violence. Partnering with over 100 schools each year, Neil tells of the tragedy his family has suffered while educating and advocating for change around violence in young people. Neil is also well admired for his ability to be a comfort and support to other families who have suffered through the same or similar tragedies.

What makes them a HELP Awards Winner?

Neil’s ability to create a foundation around the education of young people and a different way to handle, react, and reset in situations has impacted over 180,000 students in schools and importantly on sporting clubs. Encouraging young people to advocate for themselves and their clubs for a responsible choice instead of punch. We know our youth are our future and with delivering an engaging yet intimate program of self-development these young people are learning, taking it on board and one school actually has reported a 550% reduction in annual incidents.

Initially attracting some government funding as a start-up meant some costs were covered; however, this is a heart fuelled by Neil. Those funds stopped. Neil didn’t. Increasing the Sammy D footprint in every location a young person is socially, educationally, or on the sports field, Neil’s words are right there. Violence is not the answer. Neil and the Sammy D foundation are planning to take this program interstate and we need to recognize his work and the foundation’s work. Support this local hero as the determined and courageous leader we need to see more of everywhere.

Gabe Lieschke

Lexus Learner

Who are they?

Gabe Lieschke is an inspirational figure in the Adelaide community who has shown incredible resilience and determination in the face of adversity. In November 2020, he experienced a life-altering event when a bicep tear led to necrotizing fasciitis, resulting in a significant weight loss and, ultimately, the amputation of his dominant right arm. Despite this life-changing setback, Gabe embarked on a remarkable journey of recovery and self-discovery. He embraced re-learning everything with his left hand, transitioning from being right-handed.

Gabe’s determination to excel in the face of adversity didn’t stop there. He expressed a desire to get into track cycling, showcasing an unwavering mindset to improve every day. He not only pursued his dream but also became a national champion in team sprint and earned a Para Olympic fast track scholarship. Beyond his athletic achievements, Gabe selflessly mentors the youth in West Adelaide and actively engages in public speaking engagements. Moreover, he dedicates significant time to caring for his grandparents while training rigorously for up o 17 hours a week. Gabe’s ultimate goal is to represent Australia in the 2024 Paris Paralympics as a testament to his indomitable spirit.

What makes them a HELP Awards Winner?

Gabe exemplifies the essence of a Lexus Learner nominee, embodying the spirit of greatness in the Adelaide community. His journey from a devastating injury to becoming a national champion para-athlete is a testament to his unwavering determination and resilience. Gabe’s exceptional qualities go beyond his athletic achievements. He is an inspiring role model for others facing adversity, proving that even in the face of life-altering setbacks, one can rise to greatness.

Gabe has spent time doing motivational speaking at the West Adelaide Football Club, as well as participating in a public speaking engagement at the Australian Hand Therapy Association Conference ’23 showcase his dedication to uplifting and inspiring others. Moreover, his selfless devotion to caring for his grandparents while balancing a demanding training regimen is a testament to his compassionate character.

Gabe’s ultimate goal of representing Australia in the 2024 Paris Paralympics reflects his relentless pursuit of excellence. His remarkable journey and commitment to personal growth make him a stellar Lexus Learner nominee, demonstrating that true greatness is achieved through resilience, dedication, and the desire to inspire others on the path to success.

Lost Pets of South Australia

NRMA Insurance People's Choice

Who are they?

Active since 2013, this is a group of dedicated, non-judgmental and compassionate volunteers whose aim is to reunite lost and found pets throughout South Australia with their families. They also run the very successful Chip Blitz program which offers affordable microchipping to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

What makes them a HELP Awards Winner?

Lost Pets of South Australia has been active on Facebook for ten years. Their volunteers man the page 12 hours a day/7 days a week/every day of the year. They not only post lost, found and wandering pets, on their Facebook page but also any reports of deceased animals. As well as posting to their Facebook page, they provide useful information to people who contact them on how best to go about finding a lost pet and what steps to take in regard to a found or deceased animal. They are also happy to try to answer any other questions in regard to animals that you may have. When an pet is found, having a microchip is a huge help in returning that pet to their families. Unfortunately, getting a pet microchipped wasn’t always something that was affordable to all people, so LPSA established and run the highly successful Chip Blitz program, which offers microchipping for $10 per pet. They also cross-check other missing pet pages on Facebook in an effort to find or match as many pets as possible. If you want to post a pet but don’t want your details on the page, they will act as go-betweens which is an amazing help to people who find themselves in situations where disclosing details of their location or identity could prove a threat to their safety.