Leather recog­nised for years of vol­un­teer­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE mes­sage of Monto’s Aus­tralia Day awards was that there are sim­ply too many peo­ple whose achieve­ments are go­ing un­sung.

This was the sen­ti­ment of the Cit­i­zen of the Year award win­ner Vi Leather’s speech when she ac­cepted the award for more than 70 years of vol­un­teer­ing ser­vices for the se­niors of Monto.

“This award is not just for me,” Ms Leather said.

“There are so many other peo­ple in Monto that do so much that are not even recog­nised.

“I think that all those peo­ple have prob­a­bly done more than what I have done and they all de­serve the re­ward, so I share this re­ward with each and ev­ery one of you.”

Ms Leather thanked Lorna Din­gle, who had helped her with Meals on Wheels over the last few months.

State MP for Cal­lide Jeff Seeney, who pre­sented the awards with Coun­cil­lor Paul Lobegeier, said Ms Leather’s mod­esty was what Aus­tralia Day was all about.

“The lady is nearly 90 and still wor­ries about help­ing older peo­ple,” Mr Seeney said.

“She’s made a great con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity that could have eas­ily been recog­nised many times many years ago, but it’s be­ing recog­nised to­day,” she said.

Though Ms Leather’s award was in­tended to cel­e­brate the hard work of a life­long res­i­dent, there were plenty of nods to Monto’s fresh faces.

Ju­nior Cit­i­zen of the Year Ryan Pick­er­ing was com­mended for his in­volve­ment in com­mu­nity and school fundrais­ing over the past year, in­clud­ing Shave for a Cure, Jeans for a Genes and Re­lay for Life.

The Ju­nior Cul­tural Award went to Luke Aisthorpe, for his ded­i­ca­tion cap­tain­ing Monto Cat­tle Club and win­ning Ju­nior Stud and State Re­serve cham­pion at the 2016 RNA show.

Monto Magic Tourism Ac­tion Group won the se­nior cul­tural award for its ef­forts in pro­mot­ing his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural events in and around town.

The Se­nior Sport Award went to a rel­a­tively young achiever this year, Dy­lan Burgess, and the Ju­nior Award went to Lizzie Younger, and the Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tor Award went to Tara Harm.

HAPPY WIN­NERS: The gath­er­ing of the Aus­tralia Day award win­ners at Monto Com­mu­nity Hall. PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

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