Touch­ing trib­ute for a couple of ‘saints’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MONTO came to­gether on Sun­day to thank Col and Claire Har­ris for their in­cred­i­ble con­tri­bu­tion to the re­gion through three decades of vol­un­teer­ing with St John Am­bu­lance.

In June, St John made the con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion to close many re­gional di­vi­sions, in­clud­ing the Monto branch, where they had worked for 29 years.

Lo­cal busi­ness owner Kim Poin­ton felt it was im­por­tant to hon­our the couple for their ser­vice.

Ms Poin­ton said the com­mu­nity-minded ded­i­ca­tion they showed had been lost on the youth of to­day.

“I have dealt with them for years and the town needed to do some­thing to say thank you,” she said.

“Col and Claire are very hum­ble but they have given so much, not only to Monto but to the whole re­gion.

“Peo­ple usu­ally vol­un­teer for a few years here and there, but you rarely see those in it for the long haul.

“They gave so many years and stuck through all the tough times.

“You don’t see that kind of thing any more.”

Col and Claire were over­come by emo­tion dur­ing a touch­ing pre­sen­ta­tion at Monto Com­mu­nity Hall.

They were never in it for the recog­ni­tion, but it was a special mo­ment for Mrs Har­ris and her hus­band.

“We’re not the sort of peo­ple that like that kind of at­ten­tion but it was so lovely,” Claire said.

“It was a bit emo­tional and brought back a lot of good mem­o­ries.”

Mr Har­ris was blown away by the out­pour­ing of sup­port they had re­ceived.

“I thor­oughly en­joyed do­ing my work,” he said.

“I got to meet a lot of great peo­ple I wouldn’t have met oth­er­wise.

“It meant a lot to me that peo­ple thought that much of us to come.

“I would like to thank the com­mu­nity for get­ting be­hind us.”

PHOTO: RON MIENTJES

THANK YOU: Monto turns out to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Col and Claire Har­ris at an emo­tional cer­e­mony at Com­mu­nity Hall.

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