Focus on Scotland: Volunteer shortlisted for top sporting award
5 December 2016
Contact centre worker Kirsty Cameron from Forfar has been shortlisted for a top UK sporting award for women.
She’s one of four contenders for the community award category in The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards, which will be announced on Thursday 8 December.
Kirsty, 29, who works as an administrator in our business contact centre in Dundee’s Telephone House, helped created the Ladies’ Leisurely Cycles Facebook group, with her friend Rhona Guild from Kirriemuir, two years ago to encourage women from the Angus area to get out on their bikes. It now has more than 230 members.
She’s a committee member at the Kirrie Thistle Community Sports Club and also runs an under-11s girls’ football team (Kirrie Thistle Youth FC) and coaches around 120 youngsters at her local gymnastics club at Webster’s Sport Centre. And she’s organised volunteers for various different events including Dundee’s Riding for the Disabled club.
In the past two years, Kirsty’s helped raise £8,000 for charity by taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life, a daredevil abseil for Marie Curie; and organising fund-raising activities, raffles and donations to support Clic Sargent, Motor Neurone charity MND Scotland, Dundee foodbank and Stand Up 2 Cancer. Her voluntary work as BT contact centre co-ordinator for Red Nose Day earned her a trip to South Africa to see how the money’s changing young lives.
She’s also arranged for the Scottish Blood Transfusion team to visit the Telephone House site three times, with around 120 volunteers giving blood thanks to her efforts.
Colleagues describe her as “an amazing individual”.