The official Wagga Wagga 2024 Australia Day Award finalists have been announced and will be presented at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.
Can Assist long time member an honorary life member Bill Lane is nominated for the Citizen of the year Award.
Bill has been described as a selfless and dedicated individual who goes beyond volunteering his time for several successful community causes. As a survivor of prostate cancer, Bill gives his time to the Wagga Wagga Prostate Cancer Support Group and is at the forefront of awareness campaigns at annual events. Bill was recognised as a “Life Member” of Can Assist for his fundraising activities over the past 6 years. Bill was also presented with a “Paul Harris Fellowship” by the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga for embodying their motto of “Service above Self” and being the “Face of Fundraising” in the local community. Bill is proactive in promoting raffles at various points across the city, organising and participating in barbecues at events, and bottle collection. From these three activities, Bill has successfully raised $100,000.
Despite the Covid pandemic, Bill’s fundraising activities, plus donations during the last 6 years have allowed Can Assist Wagga Wagga to distribute over half a million dollars to support over 400 people through their cancer treatment.