Pair ea­ger to give back to their town

Bin­jour Bowls Club re­wards long ser­vice

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S -

ELVIA and Kevin Slack have an in­fec­tious zest for life that em­braces their fam­ily and com­mu­nity.

Bin­jour Bowls Club hon­oured them be­fore Christ­mas with a Su­per Veteran’s badge for Kevin and a glass trophy for more than 40 years of vol­un­teer­ing for Elvia.

A keen sports­man, Kevin said he played ten­nis and cricket “all my life”, un­til giv­ing away cricket at age 36 and tak­ing up bowls.

“It seemed au­to­matic; some of my mates played bowls,” Kevin said.

“I joined it for so­cial games and a few drinks with my mates.”

While Elvia has never played the game, she went along to support Kevin.

“(Son) John is 52 years old and we’ve been go­ing since he was in the pram,” Elvia said.

“We used to have Sun­day bowls ev­ery af­ter­noon and I used to put the af­ter­noon tea out for them and cleared it all up.”

With up to 80 play­ers some days, the kitchen was a busy place.

But Elvia’s con­tri­bu­tions ex­tended beyond the kitchen to ac­tive grant writ­ing.

“We got lots of grants – air-con­di­tion­ers on the roof, painted the out­side of the roof, new win­dows, a dish­washer in the bar (and) wa­ter tanks and a mu­ral on the tank painted by Joy Spry,” she said.

She said she was proud­est of the club’s ren­o­vated kitchen, “prob­a­bly the best com­mer­cial kitchen for a club as it flows”and 100 set­tings of cut­lery and all white china.

The ac­tive vol­un­teer suc­cess­fully gained grants to support St Joseph’s Church, Gayn­dah’s CWA rooms and “the big­gest” – a ren­o­va­tion of the Town Hall stage.

“We did The Gon­do­liers – I was in the choir and thought ‘what a dread­ful look­ing stage’,” she said.

Upon ad­vice, Elvia said the stage arch­way was painted red, the back wall was painted black to re­move shad­ows, black cur­tains were in­stalled, the back rooms were car­peted and the pic­ture screen put in.

Awarded an Or­der of Aus­tralia Medal last year, her com­mu­nity ser­vice was done with­out thought of re­ward.

“When I re­tired I thought Gayn­dah’s given a lot to us, so I want to give some back,” she said.

“We both love the land, we both love Gayn­dah and we’ve both worked hard.”

❝ Elvia Slack We both love the land, we both love Gayn­dah and we’ve both worked hard.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

WE LOVE GAYN­DAH: Kevin and Elvia Slack have con­trib­uted to the North Bur­nett com­mu­ni­ties they grew up in.

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