George Chapman

Volunteer

NSWNomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021

Since the 1970s, George Chapman has volunteered his time and energy in service of others. As a member of the Royal Volunteer Coast Guard, George helped rescue people on Sydney Harbour. In the early 1980s, George organised bikeathons from Warren NSW to Canberra and Sydney,raisingmuch-needed funds for Warren Central School.

In the 1990s, George was a volunteer member for St John’s Ambulance. He attendedto people at sporting events and at local Royal Agricultural Showsin the central west of NSW, and during bushfires in the Blue Mountains.

On a trip to Singapore, he noticed defibrillators on every street corner. Returning to his hometown of Dubbo, he campaigned for defibrillatorsin the city. He raised enough money from community groups to buy and install 150defibrillators in high-traffic areas.

Since 1994, George has volunteered and taught first aid for Australian Red Cross in Western NSW and beyond.