Tatura’s Teresa Muto was one of 77 Victorians to receive a multicultural award in Melbourne on Wednesday night.December 10, 2013 3:00pm
Twenty-three organisations also received awards.
Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence were held at Government House and hosted by Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov.
Awards were presented n 10 categories, including the Premiers Award for Community Harmony and the Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll Inductee.
The awards attracted more than 200 nominations from across Victoria.
Ms Muto was nominated for a Meritorious Service to the Community Award for her service to Federazione Catholica Italiana where she was president/secretary for more than 15 years.
Ms Muto said on Friday she was a little apprehensive about receiving the award but when she got down there (Government House) she enjoyed the evening.
‘‘I was proud to have been given the award,’’ Ms Muto said.
‘‘What I did was for the FCI. I did not do it for personal glory.’’
Ms Muto’s biggest disappointment, after 15 years at the helm, was to see the group fold in February this year.
She was due to have major surgery and told the group she could no longer continue and would be stepping down.
‘‘Unfortunately there was no-one willing to take over due to the maturing age of members, Mrs Moro was our oldest original member, and the FCI was wound up after more than 40 years of voluntary service to the Tatura community,’’ she said.
Ms Muto paid tribute to some original members of the FCI in Tatura (an Australia-wide organisation) including Joe and Giuseppina LoPiccolo, Mario and Saveria Muto, Sam and Maddalena Lagozzino and Sister Josephine who started the group in 1981.
Over the years the FCI has been actively involved in fundraising. During her time as president, Ms Muto was instrumental in ensuring this tradition continued, and as such, is a worthy recipient of the award.
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