Meet November's Trilby Misso Community Hero
My Daily News is proud to announce November's winner of our Community Hero award proudly brought to you by Trilby Misso - Les Atkinson.
This month we have an interesting story to tell, as it was a kind community member who nominated Les, without even knowing his name! Laura Carn, nominated Les, as she would see him all the time walking around Banora Point, picking up rubbish. "I would really love to see the man who walks around Banora Point picking up rubbish receive an award. He is non-stop all around Banora" said Laura.
Laura said in her nomination: "I know the wonderful staff at Club Banora have said they will give him garbage bags because he also cleans their car park voluntarily - he really is a true community hero cleaning past the St Josephs high school and everywhere. I stopped once to say thank you and he said I was only the second person driving past to stop in all the years of him doing it. I think he deserve more credit than that!"
So knowing this information, My Daily News went on the hunt for the mystery man doing good. So with the efforts of our Facebook friends, and an overwhelming response by people who knew of Les, we were able to track him down via a lady by the name of Deb Doherty - who sees him regularly when she is jogging. Deb kindly went down to the park with a pen and paper and kindly took down his details for the My Daily News team so we could give him the recognition he deserved.
Les has lived in Banora Point for 20 years and has always been a keen walker, although he admits he is a bit slower these days. When asked why he picks up the litter he said "why not? It doesn't cost me anything to do it." Les mentioned that over the years there had been less and less litter around the community, and felt happy about the fact that people were starting to change their ways.
When the My Daily News told Les he will receive a $50 Myer voucher for his efforts, he was extremely humbled. In Les' words. "Oh Thank you, that has made my day, I could really use that."
My Daily News wants to congratulate Les on his efforts, as it's people like these that make our community what it is, and the reason why he is the deserving recipient of the Trilby Misso Community Hero Award for November. If you see Les around, please take a short minute to say thank you and well done!
If you know someone who deserves to be recognised in their community for the work they've done, or achievements you feel they need to be recognised for, then jump online to nominate them for the December Trilby Misso Community Hero Award.