Karen Lindley Recognised For Her Work with Bravehearts
Honesty and integrity has always been a core part of the Diamonds by Design business. This means that all of the items sourced by the business come from traceable, sustainable sources so customers can have peace of mind that when they buy from the company, the gems and jewels do not come from conflict zones, and people are not exploited in order to produce them.
However, Diamonds by Design’s commitment to sustainability extends far beyond the business, and owner Karen Lindley is known for being a dedicated child protection campaigner – a dedication that has recently been recognised at an awards ceremony.
As reported in ProBono News, Karen Lindley, was recently given top honours at the Sydney City-east 2014 Volunteer of the Year Awards.
The award was given to Karen for her hard work as a volunteer with the Bravehearts charity. Karen has supported the charity for seven years and has given up hundreds of hours of her time to work as a volunteer with the organisation.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Hetty Johnson, CEO and Founder of Bravehearts, praised Karen for her selflessness and compassion, and for her willingness to “put her clients’ needs before her own”.
Hetty Johnson went on to explain how Karen Lindley gives up much of her spare time to work with the charity, and how she gives some of her own personal resources to help Bravehearts carry out its work. Karen also received praise for her hard work, determination and strength when working with clients of the charity.
Moreover, Anthony Roberts, the Minister for Resources and Energy, was full of admiration for Karen’s support and described her as a “remarkable person”. Roberts explained that the charity was striving to make Australia “the safest place in the world to raise a child” and it was the work of people like Karen that was making it possible to achieve this aim.
Speaking of her surprise at the award, Karen Lindley said:
“I did not expect this at all, but it gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. I accept this on behalf of the entire Bravehearts team. I just open doors for people.”
In addition, Karen stated the award was “a win for survivors of child sexual assault”.
The awards are held on an annual basis as a way of showing appreciation to the millions of volunteers in the New South Wales area. Gemma Rygate, Chief Executive for the Centre for Volunteering, said that volunteers made a “huge contribution” to the local area, without expecting anything in return.
Bravehearts is an Australian-based charity that works with the adult survivors of sexual abuse and strives to ensure the safety and protection of children. They hold numerous charitable events every year to raise vital funds for their work, and they depend on volunteers like Karen to ensure that survivors of child abuse get the support that they need.
To find out more about the work of Bravehearts, or to learn how you can help, visit the website at: http://www.bravehearts.org.au/