Grand recognition for grand people
MARJORIE and Graham Elphick have become the surrogate grandparents of North St Marys, having spent the past 45 years volunteering there.
Both in their 70s, the couple spend every morning helping out at St Marys North Public School and their hard work has been recognised by the State Government as they were named NSW Grandparents of the Year at a Grandparents Day celebration in Sydney on Sunday.
Mrs Elphick couldn’t believe it: “They called to say we had been nominated for Grandparents of the Year and I said: ‘What for? We just do it because we love it.’ ”
She said volunteering helped keep them engaged in the community. “Working here helps keep us young; the kids help us just as much as we help them,” she said.
Minister for Ageing John Ajaka said the award was a way to pay tribute to those who went beyond the traditional grandparent role and made a crucial contribution to the community.
Marjorie and Graham Elphick, with their granddaughter Alana, have been named Grandparents of the Year.