Max Boyd was awarded the Gold Harold Volunteer Award at the 2012 Life Education Awards.
Max Boyd was awarded the Gold Harold Volunteer Award at the 2012 Life Education Awards.

Golden moment for Max Boyd

MAX Boyd was left shocked when he was awarded the Gold Harold Volunteer Award at the 2012 Life Education Awards.

On September 5 the past Tweed Mayor was taken to Sydney for what he thought was a sticky beak to see what a big awards night was like.

"Well nobody told me," he said.

"It was at the end of the night, after all the awards and then they got on stage and said there were three more awards and one goes to Max Boyd.

"My wife said she'd never seen me look so speechless.

"I was completely shocked and it took me awhile to collect myself; I felt very, very honoured."

Mr Boyd was the first inaugural president of the Life Education committee in Tweed Heads.

Life Education is well and truly active today with more than 3000 schools visited by the van every year.

You can easily spot them out with their Harold the giraffe logo.

He said the idea for the Life Education centres came from Ted Noffs who set up a youth centre in the heart of Kings Cross in the mid 70s.

His main passion was educating youth about the harmful effects our actions have on our bodies, such as smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

After a visit by Mr Noffs to the Murwillumbah Banana Festival a member of the community, Judy Saunders, said she had spoken with him and was impressed with Mr Noffs approach.

"She thought rather than building a permanent building it would be more appropriate to get a caravan to go from school-to-school," he said.

"She came to me, and having lost a limb myself in 1967 from smoking, it didn't take much to convince me this was a good idea."

From there a committee was formed and Mr Boyd helped source the funds for a caravan from a local business.

He stood down from his presidency when his roll as president/mayor of the Tweed Heads district increased.

Soon the Gold Coast and many places further down the coast, were excited to take on the idea.

"It just took off," he said.

"It's become international; you can see the vans in the UK and the United States."

Mr Boyd said he felt honoured to be the past president of the committee but said its success would never have been possible without the help from service clubs in the area.



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