Touching tribute for a couple of ‘saints’
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.”
THANK YOU: Monto turns out to show appreciation for Col and Claire Harris at an emotional ceremony at Community Hall.