Proud, honoured to be NSW Volunteer of Year

CUMBERLAND Council’s Local Citizen of the Year in 2021, Regents Park resident Sayeed Karimi has now been named the 2021 NSW Adult Volunteer of the Year after winning the Central Sydney Volunteer of the Year Award in October.

Shining more brightly than any of the winners out of 25 regional finals, Sayeed has had an incredibly busy year as president of the Afghan Hassanian Youth Association (AHYA) and is excited and thrilled with his latest win.
“I was shocked and surprised at the win since I was up against so many outstanding volunteers from leading organisations,” he said.
During the pandemic, he initiated care packages to help migrants, refugees, people who had lost their jobs and the elderly – a program that has so far helped more than 500 migrant refugees and asylum seekers and 250 vulnerable Australians.
Other achievements outside of lockdown include: Craft and conversation classes; cooking and nutrition info; mens monthly support classes; Australian Citizenship test tutoring; women’s driving classes; Dari language classes; volleyball and soccer competitions; youth camps; swimming lessons; casework and settlement assistance; and welfare assistance plus much more.
“I am always striving to help the community in any way I can and don’t do it for any recognition,” he said.
“But I feel very proud and honoured.”