Ded­i­ca­tion pays div­i­dend for Me­lanie

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN -

ME­LANIE Pope has earned recog­ni­tion for her ded­i­ca­tion to nurs­ing and hard work as a run­ning coach.

Ms Pope works as an en­rolled nurse at Mun­dub­bera Hospi­tal and was sur­prised with the award at Coon­am­bula Lodge.

Such is her ded­i­ca­tion to her job that she had to be prised away from work to re­ceive the award.

She came to nurs­ing be­cause she had al­ways been a car­ing per­son.

Even at school, Ms Pope would stand up to play­ground bul­lies.

“I would al­ways say, ‘don’t pick on people who aren’t clever or have a disability’,” she said.

“Treat ev­ery­body the way you want to be treated.”

As well as be­ing a nurse, Ms Pope trains kids for ath­let­ics and run­ning.

She aimed to get more kids away from the TV and out­side breath­ing fresh air.

“I think kids are our fu­ture and I love sports and I love be­ing ath­letic,” Ms Pope said.

“I love see­ing kids out and about and be­ing ac­tive and I see a smile on their face at the end of it.”

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

DED­I­CATED: Me­lanie Pope re­ceived the Ro­tary Pride of Work­man­ship award for her com­mit­ment to Mun­dub­bera Hospi­tal and to train­ing kids.

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