Following up with 2011 ANZIA award winners

We at auDA checked in on our 2011 ANZIA award winners to see how their win has effected their organization and what they're up to now.

Tune In, Not Out, Cisco Academy for the Vision (CAVI) Impaired and InfoXchange said not-for-profit organizations such as theirs benefit from “just entering” the competition for Australia and New Zealand’s premier internet award.

Lyndsey Goulding of teenage anti-drugs initiative Tune In, Not Out said the prize money of $2,500AUD “covered ongoing operational costs of the website” and the application process gave the organization pause for thought into their approach and intentions.

“We are funded by the Lions Club Australia and entering the ANZIAs really made us stop and think,” Goulding said. “It made us think about what we’re delivering and how we intend to make a difference. Winning the award gave all the young people that helped with the site some recognition for their work which made it all the more rewarding.”

Ian Murray of vision-impaired education group CAVI said that the prize money helped “assist instructors with internet access” and offset the costs of volunteers’ equipment which usually left them out-of-pocket. “It assisted us to keep going,” Ian said. “It was a great reward and gave us exposure from outside of the vision-impaired community which was very important for us.”

InfoXchange, a Melbourne based job placement service for the community, government and health and welfare sector gained national awareness of their activities according to General Manager David Spriggs. “The win raised the profile of Infoxchange and our digital inclusion activities,” he said. “ The win was referenced in a number of funding submissions as evidence of our track record and capability.”

Entries for ANZIA Awards in 2012 are now open. The winners will be announced at our gala dinner in Canberra on the 10th of October.

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