Grand recog­ni­tion for grand peo­ple

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

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.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Mar­jorie and Gra­ham El­ph­ick, with their grand­daugh­ter Alana, have been named Grand­par­ents of the Year.

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