I was delighted to honour five of our great community leaders/volunteers with the “John H. Kerr Community Award” on Thursday, 1st May. This award is in memory of Rotarian John H Kerr, one of our outstanding members, who inaugurated these awards in 1976. I would like to thank everyone who attended and gave support to our club and to our community.
We were fortunate to have many distinguished guests, community leaders and Rotarians present, all of whom have been working tirelessly day and night, year after year to make positive changes in many peoples lives, make positive changes in our community and they do it because they believe- “Only a life, lived for others, is a life worthwhile- Albert Einstein”
Many great projects, developments and achievements in our community were possible because of their dedication and hard work; and because of their love for our community. I want to salute all of them including those who were not with us on the night; for their great vision and hard work within our community and for making us proud to be part of this great community. As Mother Teresa, rightly said: “Love is not patronizing, and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.”
It gave me great pleasure and indeed a tremendous honour to welcome the distinguished guests including all Awardees and their partners & friends, visiting Rotarians, local MP Marsha Thomson, District Governor Ross Butterworth and his wife Annette, PDG Lawrence Atley and his wife Margaret, PDG John Davis and his wife Joan, Inspector Tony Long, Inspector Mark Zervaas, Sergeant Ian Brown, Senior Constable Ash Dixit, Marilyn King (President- Willing Older Workers Incorporated), Patricia McLoughlin (President of the local St Vincent De Paul group), Reeta Verma (Lecturer, La Trobe University), Yasseen Musa (Eritrean community and the African Community), Vivienne Conn, Joan Greig (Coordinator Braybrook & Maidstone Neighbourhood House), Francine Riches (Citizen of the year 2014, City of Maribyrnong), Mohamed Abdurahman (Eritrean Community), Fysal Abdi (Chairman Ethiopian Somali Community), Hasan Garad (Ethiopian Somali Community), Eyersualem Tuji (President Of Ethio-Australian Chamber of Commerce), Dawit Kebede (Secretary Of Ethio-Australian Chamber of Commerce).
My heartfelt congratulations to all the Awardees (Sergeant Ian Brown, Marilyn King, Patricia McLoughlin, Reeta Verma and Yasseen Musa), who have been working tirelessly over the years to make changes for many peoples lives in our community. I would like to thank Dr. Jamie Robertson, Dr. Linda Sheu and Dawit Kebede for their great presentation about the Ethiopian project and sharing their experience while visiting Ethiopia. I want to thank our community service chair Jama Farah, PDG John Davis and all the members for their hard work in organising this event.
I sincerely appreciate all of your support and our on-going commitments working as a team. Please stay connected and let's together reshape our society, and make our world better. As Mahatma Gandhi said: “You must be the change, you wish to see in the world.”