Fishability celebrates Ray Benetti, 2015 Volunteer of the Year
Ray Benetti has been actively involved as a dedicated volunteer with Fishability since its inception in 2000. He has been a driving force behind the organisation’s continuing and expanding presence and growth in Western Australia delivering jetty and boat fishing programs to children and adults living with disabilities. Ray worked at promoting and overseeing the progress and continuous development of the organisation as a board member between 2004 and 2012. He recognised the importance of advocacy, capacity building as well as how significant something as simple as catching a fish, and the smile it brings, can be to those who may not be given the opportunities that most people take for granted. The feelings of inclusion, independence and control build confidence, awareness and can bring about positive change in people’s lives.
Today, Ray continues to contribute time and ideas as a fishing volunteer each week and twice a year commits to regional tours delivering fishing activities to clients. He has also been a very active volunteer at the Marine Discovery Centre, as well as a Fisheries Volunteer Liaison Officer. Ray was a pioneer in the design and manufacture of the modified electrical rod and reel that the participants, who have a diversity of disabilities and capabilities, use.
Ray has embedded good practice for all activities and with good management of volunteers he maintained a robust and sustainable volunteer pool with a culture of community responsibility and social entrepreneurship.
2015 Volunteer of the Year Awards
October 01, 2015