‘GORGEOUS GEORGE’ BLOWN AWAY BY NOMINATION
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.”
George White is a finalist in the People’s Choice Spirit of Volunteering award.