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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 20 2008
18 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 21, 2008 Bingo, Filippo's full house VICTORIA ZIARKOWSKI Filippo Ragusa runs an Italian seniors group and is a potential nominee for NSW Volunteer of the Year award, which is being supported by Ashfield Council. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~pP174520 FILIPPO Ragusa is just one of many volunteers without whom community organisations wouldn't function. At a weekly Co.As.It Italian Assistance Association bingo event Ida Iazzi of Croydon said she didn't think the meetings would exist without Mr Ragusa. ''If Filippo no come no more I think nothing happen,'' Ms Iazzi said. ''He's good.'' Mr Ragusa does well to serve his community. ''They call me the president but they are the boss,'' he said. He gets up early every Wednesday morning to travel from his home in Belfield to prepare for meetings at Ashfield Civic Centre. ''My job is: I leave in the morning, go to buy the mortadella and the bread, I come here (to the meeting room) and set up the tables,'' he said. ''We do bread rolls with cheese for lunch, but no spaghetti. Then I go with my wife to buy milk for coffee then we go to a lady's house and pick her up and bring her here.'' Mr Ragusa goes above and be- yond to make the meetings work. As a community volunteer, he is eligible for nomination for NSW Volunteer of the Year. This is the second year the awards would run and in 2008 they were launched by Volunteering minister Linda Burney during National Volunteer Week last May. Nominations for Volunteer of the Year close on September 30 with the awards ceremony co- inciding with International Vol- unteer Day on December 5. For details about the awards, visit www.volunteering.com.au Votes in for best in town READERS have had their say and and voted for their favourite local businesses in the 2008 True Local Business Awards. The awards recognise and re- ward outstanding local business achievements and acknowledge the commitment of sponsors to business and the community in the Inner West. Your nomi- nations are a vital com- ponent of the three-tiered judging pro- cess. Nominated businesses will now be visited by a mystery shopper in the second phase of the awards process. Businesses will also have a chance to showcase themselves in the business comment phase. All businesses named as finalists will be included in a special Inner-West Weekly feature later in the program. And the winners will be named at a presentation dinner on Wednesday, October 22, at Wests Ashfield. The awards are presented by Cumberland Newspapers, pub- lishers of the Inner-West Weekly. Major sponsor is Vodafone. Other corporate sponsors are truelocal.com.au, 2GB, CPA, MYOB, Crowne Plaza Terrigal and the NSW Department of State and Regional Development. Local sponsors are Rhodes Shop- ping Centre, Wests Ashfield, Canada Bay Council and Strathfield Council. NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au 2191175K wk08
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