Hillside hero’s big kick

Anne-Marie Mason has been awarded a major prize for her work at the Hillside Football Club

Anne-Marie Mason never thinks twice about going above and beyond for the Hillside Football Club.

Whether it’s organising a fundraising event, or promoting the club to the wider community, Ms Mason is always willing.

For this selflessness – while juggling her career and children – she has won Taylors Hill Village’s Captains of Community award.

Ms Mason said she was humbled and shocked to not only take out the top prize – a $1000 Accor Hotels gift voucher she says
she’ll share with the club – but also to be nominated.

“There are so many people who volunteer and work at our club and are committed to creating great footballers,” she said. “But my passion is about creating great community members as well as great footballers.”

The Sydenham woman has been volunteering with the club for seven years. Last year, she was instrumental in organising a fundraising day that helped raise more than $5000 for the Breast Cancer Network Australia.

She’s helping organise a fundraising event at the Hillside Football Club’s homegrounds at Landscape Drive this weekend.

The day will raise money for Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, an organisation that raises awareness about organ and tissue donation.

Taylors Hill Village marketing manager Melissa Chisnall said the centre was delighted to give back to the people who did so much for their community.

“It’s people like Anne-Marie Mason … who make up the heart of the community, dedicating their time to make it a better place,” Ms Chisnall said. “These individuals put in incredible amounts of time and effort into helping their community groups, always going above and beyond.”