Donna a winner in so many ways
THIS year's Gympie Regional Australia Day Sports Administrator of the Year Award was presented yesterday to one of Kilkivan's great unsung warriors.
Mother and volunteer Donna Atthow worked tirelessly in the wake of the devastating flood of January last year to help rebuild her community and, in particular, the ravaged Kilkivan Showgrounds.
As Kilkivan Show and Campdraft Association secretary she played a pivotal role in securing a $40,000 donation from Queensland Masonry to rebuild the showgrounds following the flood disaster.
The "Wide Bay Ck tsunami" had even swept away heavy steel equipment and newly filled water tanks, each of which contained 20 tonnes of water.
There will be a grand opening of the new facilities on May 2.
Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne said in presenting Donna with her award at the Australia Day ceremony in the Gympie Civic Centre yesterday, that her significant contribution to the Kilkivan Show and Campdraft Association over the years had been applauded by many in the local area.
"However, above and beyond this commitment, last year her contribution to the association and the Kilkivan community was more than significant," Cr Dyne said.
"Last year, Donna worked tirelessly to co-ordinate clean-up efforts following last year's floods - sourcing quotes for repairs, enduring hours of grant application writing, phone calls, liaising with insurance assessors, tradespeople, State Government and council to secure grant funds to reinstate and improve Kilkivan's Showgrounds and facilities.
"Donna's efforts in this regard benefited not only the Show and Campdraft Association, but the Kilkivan Pony Club, the Kilkivan Great Horse Ride and the community as a whole.
"When the annual campdraft event and official re-launch, scheduled for September, had to be postponed due to further bad weather, Donna's attitude was inspirational - never giving up,despite the hurdles along the way.
"Donna's commitment, dedication and hard work are invaluable, and this award is fitting recognition of her community spirit and contribution to the Show and Campdraft Association," Cr Dyne said.