What an exciting Australia Day I had. I attended the City of Logan Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards as I was nominated and judged to be part of the celebration for the 2018 Citizen of the Year for my work with ROSIES FRIENDS ON THE STREET, youth diabetes and mental health.
It was an honour to stand on the stage alongside some amazing people who give their time to do what they love. Huge congratulations go to Aunty Peggy who won and who has worked tirelessly with Education Queensland for many years as well as working with women and children who are victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
The nomination for this Award is not about me but about community and friendship both on and off the street! It’s about the volunteers who make Rosies happen each and every Thursday and Saturday, the Logan businesses who donate food (Logan Village Family Favourites Bakery, Dine with Joy, bakeries in Beenleigh and Marsden), the Sikh family who make sandwiches and delivers fruit to outreaches, Pat who sews our hygiene packs and fills them with generous donations from our community, Windaroo Valley High and a teacher named Karen Gardyne who organises student donations of all of our long life milk, as well as the Beenleigh Region Uniting Church who took us in when we found ourselves homeless! My volunteer role is really easy and it’s exciting to be coordinating our Rosies family in Beenleigh.
Thanks to everyone for your congratulations and for working with me to keep on giving!