Awards hon­ours at fore­shore party

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como -

THOU­SANDS from near and far packed the South Perth fore­shore yes­ter­day to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day, a day that was ex­tra spe­cial for a se­lect few.

The City of South Perth pre­sented their 2015 Ac­tive Cit­i­zen­ship Awards. Nom­i­na­tions were in­vited for in­di­vid­u­als and groups that re­side or work pri­mar­ily in the City.

The Premier’s Aus­tralia Day Ac­tive Cit­i­zen­ship Award went to Gwen Woodruff and Wil­liam Woodruff.

Ms Woodruff is a re­tired school teacher who has vol­un­teered for St Vincent de Paul in Como for more than 10 years. She teaches more than 70 mu­sic stu­dents on a weekly ba­sis, in­clud­ing un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren.

Her com­pas­sion, pa­tience and ded­i­ca­tion to as­sist­ing those less for­tu­nate is never-end­ing.

Mr Woodruff has con­sis­tently been an ac­tive mem­ber in the South Perth com­mu­nity for decades.

He is ded­i­cated to nu­mer­ous vol­un­tary roles in the com­mu­nity. His usual week con­sists of two food runs to about 90 fam­i­lies on the St Vincent De Paul list in the lo­cal area.

The Premier’s Aus­tralia Day Ac­tive Cit­i­zen­ship Award for a per­son un­der 25 years went to Erin Robert­son.

Miss Robert­son cre­ated the Lovely Hearts Project at Pen­rhos Col­lege. The project en­cour­ages stu­dents to make felt toys for peo­ple who are feel­ing down and would ben­e­fit from a lit­tle cheer­ing up.

The Premier's Aus­tralia Day Ac­tive Cit­i­zen­ship Award for a com­mu­nity group went to the South Perth Se­nior Cit­i­zen Cen­tre’s Go­pher Muster event.

The event at­tracts many con­tes­tants and is an en­ter­tain­ing and amus­ing day of time tri­als through the se­niors cen­tre car park and out onto An­gelo Street.


Como's Ju­dith Sch­mitzer and Gre­gory Rogers were placed sec­ond and third re­spec­tively in the 2013 Go­pher Muster held dur­ing the City of South Perth Fi­esta.

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