War­ren’s im­pact on our com­mu­nity was price­less

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - – Nancy Bates

WAR­REN had a hand in build­ing ev­ery coal mine in Queens­land – there is not a mine site that has not used him.

Who else could you call at 3am and talk about the main feed for Goonyella and how the crane had ripped all the aeri­als apart and be­fore you had fin­ished talk­ing he had told you what size aeri­als you were talk­ing about, if you or he had spare aeri­als and which crew he could send to re­pair the is­sue.

■ As you put the phone down you are con­fi­dent that all will be okay on your mine site ASAP as War­ren is on the job. – John Con­nolly, elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing man­ager, Goonyella mine

■ A car­ing and fam­ily-ori­ented man with a true con­cern for other peo­ple. There are not a lot of peo­ple around like (War­ren) any more ... the world would be a bet­ter place if there were. – Jeff Ward

■ A trea­sured friend whose gen­eros­ity and kind­ness, which had no bounds, was en­joyed by a large cir­cle of friends and ac­quain­tances over a long pe­riod ... a re­spected and hard-work­ing busi­ness­man, a good boss with the un­canny abil­ity to sur­round him­self with com­pe­tent team mem­bers whom he read­ily re­warded for work well done. – Bruce Sprake ■ Truly a lo­cal and from hum­ble be­gin­nings, War­ren Per­sal has worked hard with his hands, his head and his heart to be­come very suc­cess­ful. It has never been easy for War­ren, with many tough times and chal­lenges to over­come.

This “or­di­nary bloke” with a vi­sion for a bet­ter fu­ture for all and a deep pas­sion for his com­mu­nity be­came one of the larger em­ploy­ers on the Fraser Coast.

Most peo­ple knew very lit­tle of how War­ren Per­sal gen­er­ously shared his wealth with those in need or of his long list of con­tri­bu­tions to our com­mu­ni­ties, which had im­mea­sur­able im­pact on our stu­dents, fam­i­lies, churches, clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

We have been ex­cep­tion­ally for­tu­nate that War­ren made his home amongst us. – Robert Olds

■ I ap­proached War­ren about the cost of hir­ing a crane for the re­moval of the bells at St Paul’s Angli­can Church, which were in great need of restora­tion.

He asked how we were send­ing the bells back to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. My re­ply was that I didn’t know yet. “Don’t worry, I’ll sup­ply it,” he said.

I was over­joyed but I still wanted to know the cost of the crane. “Don’t worry about it. I’ll take care of it.”

A ship­ping con­tainer and bells taken out and put back. I was so over­whelmed by his won­der­ful gen­eros­ity. – Ruth An­der­sen, Tower Cap­tain, St Paul’s Church

■ Across the Fraser Coast War­ren, over many years, lib­er­ally sup­ported or­gan­i­sa­tions and worth­while causes while seek­ing no credit for his gen­eros­ity and ac­tively shun­ning pub­lic­ity.

Hav­ing been in­volved in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of myr­iad events in the past, I know the valu­able as­sis­tance pro­vided by War­ren through his

busi­ness en­ti­ties.

The sup­port he lent to the Mary­bor­ough Tech­nol­ogy Chal­lenge en­sured its suc­cess and was par­tic­u­larly cru­cial in the early days when it strug­gled to stage a pro­fes­sional event with mea­gre re­sources.

War­ren is a lo­cal boy “made good” and it has been re­fresh­ing to see him share his wealth to make his com­mu­nity a bet­ter place. – Barb Ho­vard, for­mer Mary­bor­ough mayor

■ When I be­came pres­i­dent of an in­for­mal com­mit­tee hastily as­sem­bled to raise money for a statue of Dun­can Chap­man, the Mary­bor­ough­born man who was the first An­zac ashore at Gal­lipoli, we were in­formed by the sculp­tors an order had to be placed im­me­di­ately if we wanted the statue to be de­liv­ered be­fore the 100th an­niver­sary of the land­ing. A $27,000 de­posit was needed.

I ap­proached War­ren seek­ing a loan of a third of the de­posit. Asked to sug­gest oth­ers who might also lend a third, he said not to worry. He handed me a cheque for $27,000 and of­fered $10,000 of that as a do­na­tion if it was re­paid within six months. I asked if I should sign some­thing. The an­swer was, “No, I trust you.”

When I re­turned the $17,000 he handed it back and said to put it to­wards stage two of the pro­ject.

Ini­tially he wanted no pub­lic ac­knowl­edge­ment but I was pleased to be able to per­suade him to ac­cept recog­ni­tion of his gen­eros­ity.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ONE OF A KIND: War­ren Per­sal made his mark on the Fraser Coast with his gen­eros­ity.

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