Worthy award recipient
CHILDERS celebrated Australia Day in grand style with the Australia Day Committee’s hardworking team of organisers pleased with the day’s events.
The Childers branch of the QCWA proudly supported the Childers Australia Day Awards with branch president Rosie Shuttlewood presenting award winners with their certificates..
Community members had the opportunity to nominate a person they thought had made a significant contribution to the community.
Organisers were surprised with the number of entrants and it was difficult to choose a winner as there were many fantastic entries.
OVERALL CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
The overall quiet achiever of the year was John Russo.
For 40 years Mr Russo has trained, taught, judged and mentored young people – and the not so young – in the community.
He is the main instructor and president of TSKF Childers and also the president of TSKF Australia.
Duties he willingly undertakes to further TSKF include fundraising within the Childers club and administrating the travel itinerary of the chief instructor Professor Shunsuke Takahashi, 9th Dan, who comes out from Japan every year, twice yearly, for eight weeks, visiting every 35 clubs in the organisation.
Mr Russo also manages the organisation of national championships every year. He is a member of the TSKF Australia technical board, which sets and administers the instructor and judging accreditation exams. He also manages the Australian Karate Team and a lot of preparation has already been done for a team to head to South Africa to the World Cup this year.
Mr Russo also attends the TSKF Masters Camp in the USA annually on behalf of TSKF Australia.
Physical and mental well-being, confidence building, vision creation and endeavour are just a few of the spin-offs that Mr Russo teaches.
More than 500 individuals have spent time with him on the training floor, but he mentors in his quiet way, encouraging youth to run for school captain, others to go into public speaking and many more to persist to reach a goal.
Mr Russo is very much a Childers and Isis region advocate as evidenced by him being a former local councillor.
He is past president of the Childers Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Russo demonstrates the karate values of ‘being faithful’ and ‘respecting others’ as part of his everyday existence.
He is a proud cane farmer and a devoted family man who loves life in the Isis. Mr Russo is proudly supported by his wife, Debbie, who supports him in his endeavours and together they make a formidable team.
OVERALL CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Rosie Shuttlewood presents John Russo with an award for his outstanding service to the community of Childers.
Enjoying the Australia Day atmosphere are Anneleise Dilger, 11, Molly Richards, 7, and Lou Eborall, 11.