Lets hear it for School PTAs. They do a fantastic job and are unsung heroes of the education world. They’re busy people with kids, jobs, lives, yet they still find time to organise events, set up stalls, fundraise, make cakes, sell raffle tickets, organise prizes and generally work their behinds off to support their school.
We were proud to sponsor the PTA UK Volunteer of the Year award recently, an award dedicated to recognising the superhuman efforts of the men and women who give their time and expertise for their PTA.
After many worthy nominations, PTA UK whittled it down to six and put it the public vote.
And the winner is…..
The coveted title of Volunteer of the Year went to Lo Munro of St Wilfred’s Catholic Primary School PTA, Northwich, Cheshire.
Lo has been a member of St Wilfred’s PTA for four years but it was her work on the Make a Difference campaign that spurred Samantha Newey, the Chair of the PTA, to enter her into the PTA-UK Gold Star Awards.
Sam said: “Lo secured a brand new VW Fox car as a unique raffle prize. The difference Lo made was not just financial – although the raffle raised an amazing £16,000 – she also helped to grow involvement from parents and the wider community by a staggering 75%.
“Lo worked tirelessly for six months to secure various opportunities to sell raffle tickets and her talents and skills came to the forefront as she engaged parent and community volunteers, attracted private sector support and secured media coverage. Lo was always smiling and sharing a joke and she always had words of encouragement for all volunteers and supporters”.
What makes Lo’s achievement all the more remarkable is that she is a single mum of three children, with a full time career, travelling up and down the country. In between working and maintaining a home, she relentlessly managed this massive fundraising campaign whilst continuing to support other PTA events!
Well done Lo, a very worthy winner, and well done to all the nominations and finalists.