Awards humble top volunteers
THE contribution of some of Tweed's most outstanding volunteers was recognised on Sunday at the official ceremony for the 2011 Seniors Week Achievement Awards.
Veteran Kingscliff Coastguard commander John Purnell and community health worker Eileen Crofts were honoured for their commitment to our community and their outstanding leadership and initiative.
Mr Purnell said it was a complete shock to have won the award.
“It was an absolute pleasure and a huge surprise,” he said.
“But I accept this award on behalf of the entire Coastguard flotilla, because I'm only as good as the team I've got.
“The best part of it all is meeting all these nice people.”
Ms Crofts said her award belonged to all the 80-90 year-old Tweed Shire people who had been working for the community for many years.
“This is a fantastic community and it supports a lot of charity even when things are hard,” she said.
“Volunteering is all about community. I was a community nurse for a long time and it has been a natural progression.
“I was really impressed with the people that I saw down there; they weren't all leaders in their community, they were just ordinary people.
“This was totally unexpected.”
NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services Peter Primrose said the award recipients should inspire others to live life to the fullest.
“Each one of them generously donates their time, resources and energy to helping others,” he said.
“Through Seniors Week, seniors will have an opportunity to learn or participate in something new.”
The 53rd Seniors Week began on Sunday and continues until March 27.