ROB Thompson cannot imagine a life without volunteering.
So to receive the University of Ballarat Volunteer Hero Award is the perfect recognition for a life of service.
At the age of 22, Mr Thompson was last night honoured with the university’s top award for volunteers.
He was a among a handful of students to receive the awards, but clearly stood out as the one with the most service.
The volunteer awards were given out on the same night as UB sports awards, in which women’s AFL star Kailtyn Ashmore was named 2013 UB sports person of the year.
A key requirement for the award was to clock up 100 hours of service throughout the year – a walk in the park for Mr Thompson.
He estimated he had clocked up at least 250 hours over the year.
“I just love doing it really, that’s the reason I do it,” Mr Thompson said.
“I don’t really like going to nightclubs. I suppose this is sort of my nightclub.”
Originally from Maldon before moving to Sebastopol for university, the bachelor of commerce student has immersed himself in volunteer life in Ballarat.
He is on the student senate, is starting a business student society and mentors at the business school.
It doesn’t stop at UB, however. He is also a volunteer CFA firefighter and Lions Club member at Sebastopol, as well as being a member of the Maldon Brass Band and Australia Day Committee.
“I think Generation Y people are starting to get more involved in volunteering, which is great,” Mr Thompson said.
“A lot of young groups actually love young people’s opinions so it’s great to be involved. You meet some great people.”