Selfless acts of kindness
SELFLESS acts of kindness have earned Lorraine Grennan the title of 2010 Tweed Citizen of the Year.
In 1983, Mrs Grennan lost her son Michael to leukaemia – a tragedy that inspired her to work with a worldwide support group for bereaved family members.
Two decades later, Mrs Grennan’s dedication, as leader of the Murwillumbah Compassionate Friends, will be formally recognised at the official Australia Day ceremony at Bogangar on Wednesday.
Tweed Shire Australia Day committee chairman Don Beck said there had been overwhelming support for Mrs Grennan.
“Numerous people put in nominations for Lorraine, recognising the wonderful work she has done over many years,” he said.
“She is widely regarded as a wonderfully caring person, who always has time to reach out and help others with sensitivity and understanding.”
Mrs Grennan was shocked to be announced the winner of the award.
“It was a wonderful surprise,” she said.
“I had no idea and that made it even more special.”
For the past 25 years the mother of five has held meetings at her home, spent hours on the phone with grieving family members and organised special Christmas luncheons where parents could remember their deceased children.
“The grief process is extremely complex,” she said.
Mrs Grennan is one of seven Australia Day award winners to be honoured at Tweed’s Australia Day ceremony at Bogangar Public School on Wednesday.
Youth leader Rose Spiller, palliative care supporter Edna Gorton, Caldera Artfest founder Andy Reimanis, sporting all-rounder Sean Garner, Tumbulgum Public School’s soccer team and the Kids In Need Dragon Boat Regatta will also receive awards at Wednesday’s ceremony.