Awards night in Wickham
■ Kelly Nunn has won the citizen of the year award at Wickham’s annual community celebration last weekend.
The two-day celebration featured the crowd-favourite celebrity cricket match, markets and rides at the oval on Friday night before Boom Crash Opera took the stage the next evening.
Mrs Nunn, who is involved in seemingly every sports club, children’s group and local organisation in Wickham, was one of five award winners.
Wickham Community Association president Fiona WhiteHartig said the town would not function without people like Mrs Nunn.
“We had quite a few worthy nominations, but Kelly stood out because of the number of volunteer roles she holds in the community and the help she provides to all the groups,” she said.
“Things like kids’ sports and the playgroup are so imperative to a small country town like ours and we wouldn’t cope without her.”
Ms White-Hartig said the WCA and other community groups had worked tirelessly to put the event together.
“Obviously we had our funding cut significantly due to the Birra Birra camp emptying, so we couldn’t put on as big a show as we would have liked, but it’s not all about the celebrities,” she said.
“I think the community appreciates the night and it is important for us to do these events.
“We have lots of new families in town, so this was an opportunity to (meet people) for them.”
The junior sportsperson of the year award went to Kendall Taylor and Tim Renton was given the nod for the senior category.
The junior citizen of the year award was won by Megan Kay.
Mrs White-Hartig said Ms Kay had volunteered her time to the community from a young age.
Wickham OBs Club was awarded the community group of the year for its tireless work in raising thousands of dollars for charity through a series of events.
Kelly Nunn accepts her award from champion ex-footballers Chris Johnson, Robert DiPierdomenico and Doug Hawkins.