A lifetime of helping others
Dedicated to his community for more than 50 years
HE HAS dedicated decades to his beloved community of Childers and the softly spoken, humble man is well known and respected by all who know him – he is Alwyn Harrip.
He married Gwen in the early 50s and together they raised two sons in a small town in Western Victoria on the family merino stud farm.
Mr Harrip said they moved to a warmer climate for a better quality of life after his wife became ill.
“The climate makes the region very attractive, especially as we age,” he said.
Mr Harrip moved to Childers in 1980 with his beloved wife. She sadly passed away eight years later.
As he approaches his 90th birthday next year, there is no sign of him slowing down.
With an opportunity to tell a joke, Mr Harrip has a sense of humour to boot.
When asked if he played sport, he replied: “I think I’m too young to join the bowls club.
“I enjoy sport and I played football and cricket in my younger days.”
With 50 years of dedication to Legacy, Mr Harrip is passionate about supporting community groups and organisations.
“Being involved in the community keeps me active. I believe we need social interaction with others, including the younger members of the community.
“Everyone capable should be donating time to their community. If it wasn’t for the volunteers, our country would stop functioning.”
The walls of his home display 18 national awards, including Order of Australia medal, QFSM: Queensland Fire Service medal and Centenary medal from the Paul Harris Fellow award.
“I was once asked what I received the OAM for, I jokingly replied, I helped an old lady cross the road.
“I believe it’s our duty to volunteer and support our community and country.”
Mr Harrip has supported many community groups and clocked up 37 years with the Childers Historical Society, where he is the president.
“I’ve been with Rotary for 35-plus years, fire service over 30 years and was part of the RSL for 25 years, just to name a few.”
In 2000 Mr Harrip proudly supported his country by being part of the official Olympic torch relay team, running through the streets of Childers.
His first passion is for classic vintage cars.
He is the proud owner of a 1925 Chev.
The car is only two years older than Mr Harrip.
“I really enjoy collecting unusual objects and items and I also restore old furniture and cars.
“I built the antique shop by hand with 40 ton of stone.”
The quaint little store opened in 1990 on Churchill St but closed its doors in 2013.
“I have been busier since retiring and more involved in the community.”
Mr Harrip fought in the Second World War.
He believes it’s everybody’s duty to help others less fortunate.
“There is always something to do in Childers, you just need to look.”
I have been busier since retiring and more involved in the community. — Alwyn Harrip
VINTAGE: Proud owner Alwyn Harrip with his 1925 Chev.