Gong for eco-vollie

By Grace Jones | posted on September 6, 2019

AN Albany man was internationally recognised for his volunteering efforts recently by an organisation that connects groups across the world together.

Don Titterton was recognised for his work in curating the Global Biodiversity Journey to South West Australia in 2018 by Friendship Force International at their annual conference in Colorado, USA and was awarded Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.

Friendship Force International has more than 370 clubs across the globe and provides opportunities to explore countries, cultures and make lasting friendships.

Mr Titterton was a founding member of the Albany branch in 2011 and said since joining the group they had all travelled extensively and had “the best cultural experiences”.

“This award has put Albany on the map,” he said.

“All of the clubs around the world will be notified of what we did.

“We’ll definitely have the pressure put on us to do another one.”

Mr Titterton said the tour had ambassadors from multiple countries visit Albany and participate in an eco-tourism style visit that included native flora, fauna and members of the Aboriginal community.

“It’s a big promotion for our town,” he said.

“We’re already having people from over east come over in the caravans and knock on our doors just to say hi.”

Mr Titterton said Friendship Force Albany wasn’t just a group that travelled overseas and interstate, but also group that learned about different cultures.

Friendship Force Albany President Max Morrison said they meet at The View at 10am every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

People interested in joining the group can contact him on 0427 901 722.