Their kind­ness shines

Vol­un­teers re­ceive awards for their work

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MONTO has shown its ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the tire­less work of vol­un­teers.

About 40 peo­ple at­tended the Monto and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer Awards Cer­e­mony at the town’s bowl­ing club.

The event was hosted by the Monto Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil and sup­ported by a num­ber of busi­nesses, and Monto State High School en­ter­tained with a mu­si­cal per­for­mance.

MCDC com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Kevin Fox said a let­ter of re­ply from Pre­mier Camp­bell New­man was very heart­felt de­spite the state leader be­ing un­able to at­tend.

“Vol­un­teers’ col­lec­tive ef­forts are ir­refutably the sin­gle most im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to our eco­nomic and so­cial well-be­ing,” Pre­mier New­man said in the state­ment.

Mr Fox was hum­bled by the sup­port of busi­nesses and of the ef­forts of vol­un­teers.

“Lo­cal busi­nesses re­sponded im­me­di­ately with­out ques­tion to do­nate gifts to Monto vol­un­teers,” he said.

“Vol­un­teers are the soul of the com­mu­nity and keep it func­tion­ing in a vi­brant way that money could never pay for.

“The work of a vol­un­teer can be a sim­ple smile bright­en­ing the rest of some­one’s day.”

Monto vol­un­teers re­ceiv­ing awards in­cluded:

■ June Loader: 2013 Gen­eral Vol­un­teer of The Year for the North Bur­nett.

■ Lorna Booth: Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion from MCDC.

■ Vi Leather: Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion from MCDC.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

COM­MU­NITY-MINDED: June Loader dis­plays her award with Monto Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives Kevin Fox and Delores Fowler.

So­phie Kerr, Ka­lyca Hen­dren and Han­nah Staines.

Monto State High School mu­sic en­sem­ble (back) Shyla Mur­phy (gui­tar) Alessan­dro Lasetti, Ryan Cooke and Jolie Kenny, (front) So­phie Kerr, Ka­lyca Hen­dren, Emily Sal­is­bury and Han­nah Staines.

Narelle Goody, Joyce Gib­son and Jean Carr.

Delores Fowler presents Vi Leather with a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for her vol­un­teer ser­vice.

Lyn Woodall, Jean Jasch and Gwen Stubbs.

Edna Gust and Au­drey Radel at the Monto and Dis­trict Awards Cer­e­mony.

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