Mod­est vol­un­teer

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

MICHELLE Radel is feel­ing a bit em­bar­rassed and un­de­serv­ing but at the same time ex­cited to have been named one of the three fi­nal­ists in the Ori­gin En­ergy Re­gional Ser­vice Award.

This award was de­vel­oped to recog­nise in­di­vid­u­als who make a dif­fer­ence by giv­ing their guid­ance, en­cour­age­ment and support within their com­mu­ni­ties.

The Biggen­den Cit­i­zen of the Year for 2014 has been com­mit­ted to her com­mu­nity.

Mrs Radel is heav­ily in­volved as a vol­un­teer and jug­gles th­ese com­mit­ments while car­ing for her six chil­dren and work­ing 12 hours a week at kindy.

Mrs Radel said she be­lieved her name was put for­ward after she won the Cit­i­zen of the Year award.

“I wasn’t keen on any more at­ten­tion,” she said.

“I hadn’t given it another thought un­til some weeks ago I got a phone call to say I’d made the top 10 and then I still wasn’t overly fazed.

“Last Fri­day I got the call after fur­ther judg­ing was ad­vised I’d made the top three. At this stage I got on to the in­ter­net to see what the award was all about.”

“It (gala din­ner) will be an op­por­tu­nity to dress up and have some fun,” she said.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

QUEENS­LAND FI­NAL­IST: Michelle Radel with her fam­ily Han­nah, Heath, Cameron, Madeleine and Sophie and baby Char­lotte.

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