Regional broker applauded for ‘doing his bit’

A NIBA broker has won a national charity award for his work championing a multitude of causes in his small Victorian town.

David Hosking, of Grampians Insurance Brokers in Ararat, was last week named the winner of ANZIIF’s inaugural Community Service Award, created to acknowledge those in the insurance industry makingnoteworthy contributions to a regional community.

“I live in a small country town, and in small country towns everybody gets in and does their bit,” Hosking says.

“I can remember my parents – we lived in small towns through Western Victoria when I was a kid growing up – and my mum and dad were involved in varying organisations in a voluntary capacity.

“In fact I saw a picture of my grandfather recently and we was president of the Lismore Hospital back in 1958. So my family has been doing it for years.”

As the Chair of the East Grampians Health Service, Hosking manages community donations to the Building for the Future Foundation. The foundation has thus far funded midwifery and paediatrics courses and investments in medical technology such as a new CT scanner to benefit local residents.

Hosking has also been instrumental in the development of young adult athletes as a coach with the Ararat Football Netball Club. Under his leadership, the club has worked to raise awareness of issues including cancer and domestic violence.

The efforts to emphasise the importance of being a strong community member have also improved retention and growth of the club.