‘GOR­GEOUS GE­ORGE’ BLOWN AWAY BY NOM­I­NA­TION

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Mon­tana Ar­don

MOD­EST is one way to de­scribe Daglish grand­fa­ther Ge­orge White, who has been named as one of 10 fi­nal­ists in the Peo­ple’s Choice Spirit of Vol­un­teer­ing prize in this year’s Vol­un­teer­ing WA an­nual awards.

Known as ‘Gor­geous Ge­orge’ around Su­bi­aco, Mr White (77) has been a Meals on Wheels vol­un­teer for the past three years.

In ad­di­tion to Meals on Wheels, Mr White has just be­come a vol­un­teer at Princess Mar­garet Hospital.

He has made a dif­fer­ence to the lives of many elderly, sick and dis­abled peo­ple with his pas­sion for the arts and his abil­ity to re­cite po­etry and play mu­sic.

The for­mer univer­sity arts lec­turer’s re­la­tion­ship with one par­tic­u­lar Meals on Wheels re­cip­i­ent high­lighted just why he is a wor­thy nom­i­nee.

“I got talk­ing to a woman about po­ems one day and then we started recit­ing them to­gether,” he said.

“Her name was Josephine, so I said to her ‘Do you re­mem­ber a song called Yes Tonight Josephine?’.

“It’s a song from the ‘50s, and she said ‘Yes, my hus­band used to sing it to me’.”

Mr White then found the song and put it on a CD so he could sur­prise her by play­ing it.

“She was stoked,” he said.

“I also found out she used to play the pi­ano when she was younger, so got two xy­lo­phones and marked the mu­sic notes on the rel­e­vant keys, then we played to­gether.”

A City of Su­bi­aco com­mu­nity re­la­tions of­fi­cer put Mr White’s name for­ward.

He said he was blown away to be a fi­nal­ist.

Mr White said he had forgotten all about the nom­i­na­tion un­til re­cently.

“A panel se­lected 10 fi­nal­ists and when I heard I was one of them I was blown away,” he said.

“I was chuffed to be nom­i­nated, and even more chuffed to be a fi­nal­ist.”

Vol­un­teer­ing WA will an­nounce the win­ners on May 10.

“It’s great if peo­ple recog­nise you, but you don’t do it for that,” Mr White said.

“Speak­ing to the other fi­nal­ists, you don’t vol­un­teer be­cause there’s an award at the end.

“I think the av­er­age per­son will, if they have the time or the skill, go out and help other peo­ple if they can. I think it’s a nat­u­ral in­stinct.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d468230

Ge­orge White is a fi­nal­ist in the Peo­ple’s Choice Spirit of Vol­un­teer­ing award.

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