Teacher goes above and be­yond

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

WHETHER you’re at a pri­mary school event, a Lit­tle Ath­let­ics meet or watching a game of ju­nior football, if it is hap­pen­ing in Gayn­dah it’s quite pos­si­ble the suc­cess of the event was at the hands of Leah Trott.

The Gayn­dah State School teacher was an­nounced as Vol­un­teer of the Year at Gayn­dah’s Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions on Satur­day and she was tick­led pink with the un­ex­pected ac­co­lade.

“I got a thrill just from hear­ing I was nom­i­nated, so that was a great sur­prise,” Mrs Trott said.

“I think vol­un­teer­ing is in­trin­sic, you get a real thrill out of vol­un­teer­ing and giv­ing all the hours back.

“It’s not for the hours and it’s not for the pay, it’s to give back to our com­mu­nity.”

Mrs Trott said she got her vol­un­teer­ing ten­den­cies from her fa­ther’s in­flu­ence, as he vol­un­teered in his own com­mu­nity groups for more than 55 years.

“So it’s just some­thing you do,” she said.

“With all the vol­un­teers around us here as well, we don’t get any­thing done with­out all of you, so to all of those peo­ple who have worked be­side me, who have hu­moured me by say­ing ‘yes Leah, we will come help you cater or we will come help you do this’, thank you so much and I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate this ac­knowl­edge­ment.”

Speak­ing at Gayn­dah’s Swim­ming Pool, North Bur­nett coun­cil­lor John Zahl said the Vol­un­teer of the Year Award was pre­sented each year to a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity who had given out­stand­ing ser­vice to their com­mu­nity for a num­ber of years.

“No one will deny that is ex­actly what hap­pened with the re­cip­i­ent of this year’s award,” he said.

“Since be­ing staff of Gayn­dah State School since 1996, Leah has been in­volved in many ex­ter­nal fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the school and stu­dents.

“She has held po­si­tions on com­mit­tees for ju­nior football, Lit­tle Ath­let­ics and net­ball. She has vol­un­teered in ca­pac­ity of caterer, coach, grounds­man and recorder.

“She has as­sisted other groups with the writ­ing of suc­cess­ful grant ap­pli­ca­tions and she has been a great asset to Gayn­dah’s com­mu­nity over many years, and con­tin­ues to vol­un­teer her time with a smile and a will­ing hand.”

PHOTO: FELICITY RIPPER

CHAM­PION VOL­UN­TEER: Leah Trott thanks her fam­ily and the com­mu­nity af­ter re­ceiv­ing Vol­un­teer of the Year at Gayn­dah's Aus­tralia Day Awards.

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