Seniors recognised for effort
GYMPIE’S Senior Citizens of the Year for 2010 just like helping people, and never expected to get recognition for all their years of service.
Dorrie Muller and Reg Tame were both recognised at a ceremony at the Civic Centre yesterday.
Ms Muller said she was shocked to win the accolade.
“I still can’t believe it. A lot more people out there are just as worthy. I would like to thank those who nominated me. I don’t know who it was,” she said.
Mr Tame also said it was a shock to win the award and he was overwhelmed.
“You don’t do it to get recognised, but it’s nice. You just do it to help,” he said.
Mr Tame said he and his wife, June, have volunteered in Goomboorian since his retirement in 1992.
He is first officer of the local fire brigade and will be volunteering at the Optus National Music Muster next week with the fire truck.
“I’ve just always liked to help... June does as much as I do, if not more,” he said.
After receiving his award, Mr Tame thanked everyone who nominated him, saying all the nominees did a good job.
Ms Muller said she loved to help people and had volunteered for 10 years.
“If I didn’t help they (senior citizens) wouldn’t get a lot of places. I always help people,” she said.
In a speech at the award ceremony, Gympie Region Mayor Ron Dyne said several nominations were received for the awards.
“Congratulations to each of you and thank you for your commitment and contribution to our region,” he said. “Dorrie volunteers her time freely to several charities within the region, particularly the Gympie Community Bus. She volunteers at Winston House and brings great joy to the elderly residents and staff alike. She accompanies them on outings and trips, assists with transport and shopping ... Dorrie not only organises events and concerts to raise funds, she performs.
“Over the years...Reg and June have been involved in just about everything...and if something needed doing, they would be there to help.
“The Goomboorian Hall would not be as it is today without their involvement. The commitment to this local community through membership on the Hall Committee, the Rural Fire Brigade, helping with the running of the Goomboorian Markets and helping with the canteen for the Gympie Karate Academy has endeared them to the residents there.
“Largely due to his efforts the (Goomboorian fire) shed has been turned from an empty shed to a working and resourced facility.”