The Rotary Community Service Awards were presented on April 16 to two committed volunteers in the Seymour community.
Judy Block received the award for her voluntary role as a positive ageing ambassador working under the umbrella of the Mitchell Shire’s Age Friendly Community Service grant.
The aim of the survey was to find methods with which elderly citizens are able to become more socially engaged as surveys have revealed a strong correlation between community participation of senior residents and their health and wellbeing.
Additionally, Ms Block has played a leading role in the Pop Up Cinema Project. The cinema can be hired out free of charge in support of fundraising activities across Mitchell Shire. Ms Block was also acknowledged in her role as a board member of both Goulburn Valley Family Care and Seymour Hospital.
As a long-term resident of Seymour, Bernie Gray’s involvement with the community has included The Cemetery Trust, The Historical Society and the St Mary’s Tennis Club.
Rotary’s award honoured Mr Gray’s support of more than 190 student pilots from the China Southern Airlines training centre at Mangalore airport. His ongoing involvement with the pilots is to introduce them to Australian culture and to assist with their integration into the local community through the provision of home-cooked meals, shopping trips, entertainment and visits to tourist destinations.
Mr Gray’s hospitality in support of the pilots and their families has been reciprocated in that he has been invited by them to visit China on several occasions.