Our 2017 Com­mu­nity Hon­our re­cip­i­ents

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Our District News -

Last Thurs­day, Mayor He­len and Coun­cil­lors came to hon­our four in­di­vid­u­als who have given life­times of vol­un­tary com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the Manawatū com­mu­nity.

Bill and Mar­ion Ab­biss, Sally Reed and Ann Wil­liamson were hum­bled to re­ceive their award in front of their proud fam­ily and friends.

In the fa­mous words of Mar­garet Mead – “Never doubt that a small group of thought­ful, com­mit­ted cit­i­zens can change the world; - in­deed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Mayor He­len Wor­boys said, “As I work around our district, I see the qual­ity of com­mu­nity com­mit­tees, com­mu­nity projects, events, or­gan­i­sa­tions, clubs, and fundrais­ing ef­forts, and I am hum­bled by the mod­esty, energy, en­thu­si­asm and achieve­ments of our un­sung he­roes.”

“Some peo­ple want it to hap­pen, some wish it to hap­pen but vol­un­teers make it hap­pen.”

For Bill and Mar­ion, they say: “we should all aspire to be un­sung he­roes of our com­mu­nity.” They are are two peo­ple who just get on with life. Theirs is a story about a life­time of com­mit­ment hav­ing both given years upon years of work and ded­i­ca­tion that can only be de­scribed as out­stand­ing vol­un­tary ser­vice to the Hal­combe, Manawatū District and wider re­gion.

You’ll see Bill and Mar­ion cham­pi­oning and walk­ing the full 20km of “Bill’s Walk” a 20km an­nual fundrais­ing event for St John. Over the past 12 years they have raised nearly $37,000. Their con­tri­bu­tion to the Hal­combe com­mu­nity in more ways than one proves clearly that no mat­ter which of them is lead­ing out on some­thing, be­side them stands a very sup­port­ive spouse will­ing to give a help­ing hand to a com­mu­nity they value so deeply.

For Sally Reed, she in­sists that “for ev­ery one per­son that re­ceives an award there are 10 oth­ers that are just as de­serv­ing.” Sally has given fresh, in­no­va­tive and en­er­getic sup­port to ev­ery­thing she has been in­volved with over the years. In fact the num­ber of years she hasn’t been seen do­ing some­thing for the com­mu­nity in her 46 years of mar­riage has only to­talled three.

Sally’s many hours of ded­i­ca­tion to the Glen Oroua and Ron­gotea com­mu­nity have been a class act. Whether it be the lo­cal scouts bri­gade and girl guides, re­lief teach­ing, sec­re­tary, trea­surer or pres­i­dent of the many clubs she’s been in­volved in, Sally is al­ways happy to make a con­tri­bu­tion to any en­deav­our she is in­volved with.

Ann Wil­liamson firmly be­lieves that “you have to work as a team, that’s what is im­por­tant.”

Ann Wil­liamson’s ded­i­ca­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion to the du­ties and ser­vices she un­der­takes in her com­mu­nity can be classed as sim­ply out­stand­ing. Ann has ded­i­cated years of her ser­vices to the wel­fare and well­be­ing of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity when it comes to Manawatu Ru­ral Sup­port Ser­vices. En­cour­ag­ing stu­dents and watch­ing them re­alise their goals and dis­cov­er­ing them­selves is why Ann does what she does ev­ery day.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of our wor­thy re­cip­i­ents. Our com­mu­nity is in­debted to the out­stand­ing com­mit­ment and hours of vol­un­tary work you give our district.

From left to right Bill Ab­biss, Mar­ion Ab­biss, Sally Reed, Ann Wil­liamson and Mayor He­len Wor­boys

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