Couple's kindness noted with award
POTTSVILLE husband and wife team Bill and Anne Brodie are part of a rare group of people who volunteer hours of time for no reason other than kindness.
This year, the couple has won the NRMA Senior Volunteer Helping People Award for their work with Tweed Palliative Support, of which Mr Brodie is the vice-president.
A friend of the Brodies, John Stretton, nominated the couple for the award.
He said they were high-energy, passionate people who didn't volunteer their time for a pat on the back.
"They just do it from the kindness of their hearts. Bill and Anne are the glue that keeps it all together," Mr Stretton said.
NRMA president Wendy Machin said choosing the winner from more than 500 nominations had been difficult. "Bill and Anne's nomination for the Senior Volunteer Award stood out in their dedication to helping people who need hospital or nursing home care in their daily lives," Ms Machin said.
"The Brodies each spend about 35 hours a week visiting people and providing relief, transport to and from appointments and treatment, assistance with shopping and meals, and emotional support for the families once their loved one has passed away.
"You can't put a price on the kind of help the Brodies give to the community and they are very deserving to win."
Bill and Anne received five nights at the Travelodge Mirambeena Resort in Darwin, including flights and a Kakadu tour.
Their prize also includes a $5000 donation to Tweed Palliative Support.