Award salute to Cody

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Cody Birch with his South West Youth Volunteer of the Year 2019 award.
Camera IconCody Birch with his South West Youth Volunteer of the Year 2019 award. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Harvey resident Cody Birch has been a volunteer for as long as he can remember, so it was only fitting when he took home the South West Youth Volunteer of the Year award last week.

Cody was among the 80 volunteers honoured at the South West National Volunteer Week celebrations and the 24-year-old was extremely overwhelmed with his achievement.

“I got involved in volunteering through Janine Quicke who came up to me one day and asked if I would be interested in helping out at an event,” Cody said.

“After that, I continued to help out the community wherever I could.

“Honestly, I just love giving back to the community.”

From soup kitchens to sausage sizzles, Cody has volunteered his way around the community and has been involved in more fundraisers than he can count, but the Harvey resident is anything but ostentatious.

In 2017, Cody was presented with the Harvey Shire Youth Award, and in 2018 he was named the Harvey WA Community Citizen of the Year.

He has been volunteering at the Harvey Community Radio for six years and at the Dolphin Discovery Centre for five, with no plans to give up either any time soon.

You can find Cody at the Harvey Community Radio three days a week, running the administration, keeping the events file in order and editing and producing a one-hour radio sports program.

“Media is a big passion of mine and I’ve learnt a lot here,” Cody said.

“We’ve been working on some big projects recently and I have had the opportunity to be a part of that and I’m really enjoying it.

“I would love to one day work full-time in the media industry.”

Sitting on a bench just outside the Dolphin Discovery Centre facing the bay with his award in hand, Cody said when he wasn’t at the radio station, he was in this exact spot, volunteer dolphin watching.

“We spend about half an hour out here looking for dolphins and if they come into what we call the interaction zone I’ll ring the bell to let the locals know and we all go down and feed them,” he said.

“It’s a really rewarding volunteer job.”

As well as volunteering, Cody is also an active member of the Harvey Local Drug Action Group.

“I’ve been part of the LDAG for five years, planning and attending events and helping make a difference,” Cody said.

“I try to act like a role model for others wherever I can and be there for those who need help.

“Giving back to the community is something I value highly, and I hope to continue it for as long as I can.”

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