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IT’S dif­fi­cult to know ex­actly what you want to do when you are only 19, but Marmion res­i­dent Mal­colm Dempsey knew he wanted to help peo­ple.

He led his first fundraiser that year – a flood re­lief push for farm­ers in the east­ern states, which he held in the Mol­lerin Hall in the Wheat­belt in the 50s.

It be­gan a com­mit­ment to char­ity work that Mr Dempsey, now 82, con­tin­ues till to­day.

He es­ti­mates that he has helped to raise about $800,000 for a host of causes over more than 60 years.

Mr Dempsey yes­ter­day made the Queen’s Birth­day Honours List as a Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia re­cip­i­ent for his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to com­mu­ni­ties in WA.

Mr Dempsey was “stunned” by the ac­knowl­edge­ment. He said it was the en­joy­ment of work­ing with peo­ple and “see­ing things do well” that mo­ti­vated him.

The oc­to­ge­nar­ian was fur­ther recog­nised for his strong hand in WA lawn bowls as well as his se­nior mem­ber­ship in or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Farm­ers Union of Aus­tralia, where he was vi­cepres­i­dent in 1982, and the Freema­sons, which he served as Mas­ter Ma­son for four terms.

Mr Dempsey was par­tic­u­larly proud of his ef­forts in lawn bowls. He be­gan with the Bea­con Bowls Club in the ’70s through to 45 years at North Beach Bowl­ing Club and four decades at the Mas­ter Builders WA Bowl­ing Club. He spent long stints as pres­i­dent of both clubs. He is the only non-builder in the Mas­ter Builders As­so­ci­a­tion’s 113-year his­tory to be named in its Hall of Fame.

“Ev­ery Mas­ter Builders As­so­ca­tion in Aus­tralia has a bowls club and WA’s is one of the strong­est, num­bers wise,” he said.

Among his char­ity drives was a fundraiser for the fam­i­lies of two po­lice of­fi­cers who were in­volved in a hor­rific in­ci­dent on Man­durah Road in which one was killed and the other in­jured.

Other deeds in­cluded a fundraiser for air con­di­tion­ers at Fre­man­tle Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, con­tri­bu­tions to the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion and fund­ing for re­search into as­bestos-re­lated ill­nesses.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Mal­colm Dempsey knew from the time he was 19 that he wanted to help peo­ple. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d470246

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