Endeavour area manager Kate Millard and Gympie store manager Peggy Hunter congratulate volunteer John Halwood on winning the service award.
Endeavour area manager Kate Millard and Gympie store manager Peggy Hunter congratulate volunteer John Halwood on winning the service award. Lee Gailer

Handyman helper given charity award

TIRELESS charity worker John Halwood has been named runner-up in the Endeavour Recycled Clothing Volunteer of the Year awards.

Mr Halwood was nominated by Gympie Endeavour store manager Peggy Hunter for his unwavering commitment to the volunteers who work in the shop.

If something heavy needs to be lifted, Mr Halwood is there in a jiffy. If something needs to be fixed, his tools are ready. And if improvements are ever needed in the store, the womenknow who to call.

Having a willing and able handyman to do odd jobs has been a real advantage for the store, which is manned mostly by women over 50.

“During flood time John willingly brought in his van and trailer and instigated getting everything out of the shop,” Mrs Hunter said.

“He took it all back to his place and a few other high and dry locations. Then when the water went down, he came and put it all back.

“He did this without even asking anyone to help – out of kindness of his heart.”

Mr Halwood was one of four runners-up to the overall winner, Bundaberg’s Phyliss Machan, 94, who has volunteered at Endeavour Recycled Clothing Bundaberg for 25 years.

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