What does it take to be DHL Volunteer of the year?

Meet Tea-Rose Passion the 2021 award recipient

Discovering Hidden Legends aims to remind Australians that everyday, seemingly ordinary members of our community make significant contributions in their roles as volunteer surf lifesavers, ensuring we remain safe from harm at beaches across the country, recently we explore one of these stories visiting DHL Volunteer of the Year 2021 recipient Tea-Rose Passion at her Port Melbourne Life Saving Club.

DHL was proud to get to know DHL Volunteer of the Year, Tea-Rose Passion earlier this month.

Tea has had such an impact at Port Melbourne Life Saving Club at her young age. Tea at the age of 22 displays outstanding professional commitment to the club recording over 300 patrol/water safety hours during the past season and numerous more unrecorded hours in her roles as Club Vice President, Patrol Director, communications manager, Youth Development Officer, Board Member, Junior Committee Chair and Schools Program Coordinator. Tea is also actively involved with South Melbourne & Anglesea Life Saving Clubs.

Tea assists with IRB winch training with Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service during the season. Tea was instrumental in assisting the President and committee to do additional patrols and programs through the season. Her additional roles include Youth Committee Chair, Pink Patrol Organiser, Team 4 Vice Captain, Youth Leader, Youth Liaison and Youth Mentor.

Tea is a young, female leader that is committed to the engagement of youth, development of female leaders and leads by example in all that she does. She embodies the values of both surf lifesaving and DHL by continually demonstrating her passion, can do attitude, going above and beyond through her commitment to all aspects of her club and local community.

Tea through her networking with other clubs and Life Saving Victoria has become well connected within the life saving and emergency service community.

Tea has future ambitions to lead her club and to go on and perform work with Life Saving Victoria.

“With all the surf life saving volunteers not only in Victoria but right around Australia it is an honor to be named to DHL Volunteer of the Year. The award is in my name but it is not just for me – it is for Port Melbourne Life Saving Club also”.

Tea-Rose Passion, DHL Volunteer of the Year

Watch Tea’s story below

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  • 315

    Surf Life Saving clubs nationwide

  • 181,000

    volunteer members*

  • 11,000

    rescues every year*

  • 1.6M

    preventative actions annually*

  • 1.4M

    hours patrolling annually*

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