UKI Citizen of the Year Val Bell, admired in her community as a great helper.
UKI Citizen of the Year Val Bell, admired in her community as a great helper.

Community work earns Val award

By NADINE FISHER

UKI Citizen of the Year Val Bell was reluctant and embarrassed to accept the award which she felt belonged to some of the other hard-working community members.

However, Uki Sports and Recreation Club president Vic Bianchetti said Val was a very worthy recipient and a supportive community member.

"Our citizen of the year for 2006 is a great community helper," he said.

"Val cleans the church, is a member of the rural fire brigade, helps at the Red Cross, visits with people so their partners can get an outing instead of caring full-time, and spends time and energy at the Oxley Club."

Other award recipients at the Uki Australia Day award ceremony included: Young Achiever - Jesse Carroll, Junior Sportsperson - Sophie Garrow, Senior Sportsperson - Richard Parle, and Outstanding Team - Uki Pythons Mens Soccer Team.

Mr Bianchetti said the real Australian spirit was brought out each Australia Day when the community came together to celebrate.

"We've been holding the celebrations here (Uki Sport and Recreation Ground) for four years and there are about 300 people in attendance here today," he said.

"We have some sports games on during the day for everyone to get involved. This morning we have cricket then this afternoon it will be the tug-o-war.

"It's just a fantastic day to get the community together for a bit of fun and good old aussie mateship."



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