RSPB Media Release on 23rd October 2013
A Cheshire nature lover has been presented with the RSPB’s highest volunteer accolade, the National President’s Award.
Tina Hanak, from Macclesfield, was given the award at the conservation charity’s recent Annual General Meeting, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the RSPB through volunteering.
She has been volunteering for the RSPB since 2005 as Macclesfield Wildlife Explorer group leader and is also the leader of the Macclesfield Phoenix group, as well as a schools outreach volunteer.
Through her various volunteering roles, Tina has helped inspire many young people and also enthuse lots of other people in the local community about wildlife, organising many hands-on events and activities including guided walks, fun days and pond-dipping, as well as numerous fundraising initiatives.
Tina was officially nominated for the President’s Award by Siobhan McGuigan, the RSPB’s Youth Officer for Northern England. She says: “Today’s children have less contact with nature than ever before, which poses a big long-term threat to our wildlife. If our young people don’t care about the natural world then there will be no one to give nature a home in the future.
“This is why the work that Tina is doing with children and young people in Cheshire is so important; not only is it improving their mental and physical well-being but also helping to secure the future of our local wildlife. She was a very popular choice to receive a President’s Award this year and a thoroughly deserving winner.”
Commenting on her award, Tina Hanak said: “I believe we have a duty to encourage the next generation to forge lasting, meaningful connections with nature – it benefits us all and ensures the future stewardship of the natural world.
“I am absolutely bowled over to receive an award for doing something that enables me to share my enthusiasm for wildlife with children and young people. I get so much out of it too – it keeps my curiosity and interest in nature alive.”
Congratulations from all the Leaders and Members of
Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers!