Gong radio man receives city honour

Radio presenter Marty Haynes and transplant recipient Jessica Sparks have been recognised with Wollongong City Council Australia Day awards.

Haynes, who hosts a breakfast show on i98FM, was named Wollongong's Citizen of the Year, honoured for his tireless fund-raising work.

A champion of the annual Camp Quality Convoy for Kids, Haynes became involved with the organisation in 1997 and has helped raise almost $3.2 million in the Illawarra.

Australia Day 2013: OAM recipients

Ms Sparks, who received a double lung transplant in 2009, was named Young Citizen of the Year for her volunteer activities. Ms Sparks founded Sparking Life, an organisation dedicated to increasing organ and tissue donation rates, and has won 16 medals for NSW at the Australian Transplant Games.

Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the award recipients had all made a positive impact on the Illawarra community.

"The awards honour those who have dedicated their time and efforts to enriching our community," Cr Bradbery said. "At the end of the day winners are selected but it's important to acknowledge everyone whose names were put forward for these awards. Our community is richer thanks to their contribution.

"It's people like Martin Haynes and his selfless contributions to the people of Wollongong that make this place great."

Wollongong City Gallery volunteer Elspeth McCombe received the Cultural Award for 2013. Ms McCombe has been involved with Wollongong City Gallery as a volunteer, workshop leader and guide, since 1992.

The Community Award went to the Red Point Artists Association, which has fostered numerous projects in Port Kembla.

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