Volunteer of the Year keeps busy
David Leng almost didn’t go to North Burnett awards night
DAVID Leng almost did not go to North Burnett Volunteer Awards last month.
“I wasn’t egging to go as I thought it wasn’t likely to involve me,” Mr Leng said.
“I regarded the things that I do as basic and things that I like doing for the community.
“Being retired, it gives me purpose within the community.”
Though Mr Leng said it was a good thing he went, as he ended up receiving the top honour, the North Burnett’s Volunteer Of The Year award.
“It was a bit overwhelming,” he said.
David Leng I’m more than grateful, but you don’t volunteer to win awards.
“I’m more than grateful, but you don’t volunteer to win awards.”
Mr Leng volunteers for a number of different community groups throughout Mundubbera and the North Burnett, including driving patients to hospital appointments out of the region, Meals on Wheels and various Rotary projects.
He said his favourite part about volunteering was helping other people.
“It’s the benefit you provide to the recipient,” he said.
“In the case of driving to the hospital, taking patients to consultations and appointments, they benefit because they are not able to get to their appointments without assistance, or they have to sit on the bus for extended periods when they are not in good health.
“To drive them to their appointment on time, without a long wait, means they do it in as much comfort as possible.”
Mr Leng said he also found a great deal of pleasure being a part of Meals on Wheels with his wife.
“The people we service are so grateful,” he said.
“The service provides them with a proper meal on time.
“In that situation you could be the only person they see in a day.
“To give up an hour of your time to do that, we find that very enjoyable and worthwhile.”
Mr Leng is also a passionate Rotarian and is the main force behind the regeneration of the Bicentennial Park gardens.
“It was all destroyed in the floods and so Rotary took on the project,” he said.
“I’ve maintained it ever since.”
Mr Leng moved to Mundubbera in 2012, having previously lived in Katherine, Mildura and Melbourne, among others.
“I went to university in Melbourne and did a commerce degree,” he said.
“I finished up in Mildura, as the family had some citrus orchids there.
“They were sold in the 1990s due to citrus industry downturn.”
Mr Leng said he went on to open a citrus property in Mildura for another family, and later opened a mango farm in Katherine, in the Northern Territory.
It was appropriate then that he moved to a citrus town for his retirement.
“I’ve been around a bit,” he said
“I know the problems the industry faces from time to time and I help out when I can.”
While he is retired, he still helps out within the industry when he can.
“I act as a relieving driver for one of the school buses, when the particular lady isn’t able to do it,” he said.
“I even do forklift work in one of the packing sheds when on of their people aren’t available.
“There’s plenty around if you make yourself available.”
SELFLESS SERVICE: North Burnett Volunteer of the Year David Leng.