Awards honours at foreshore party
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.