Humble, compassionate and generous were words used to describe Yarrawonga’s Noel Richmond when he was named Moira Shire’s 2014 Citizen of the Year.FIONA BLICK January 21, 2014 4:26pm
“And there has never been a more deserving winner,” according to Moira Shire Councillor and former Mayor Brian Keenan.
Mr Richmond has been an integral member of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Palliative Care volunteer service since its inception more than 19 years ago.
During that time Mr Richmond has generously given his time to others who are at their most vulnerable and he has involved himself in education that enhanced his skills in the area of palliative care.
He is well known for visiting patients during his lunch breaks from work and he has taken annual leave on a number of occasions to be of assistance to families in need.
Presenting Mr Richmond with his award, Cr Keenan said he was “one of the most humble people you could ever meet”.
“He is an extraordinary person within our community and he fully deserves this award,” Cr Keenan said.
A visibly moved Mr Richmond congratulated his fellow nominees and said he was “honoured and humbled” by this award.
“My story of palliative care goes back 20 years and each year very different families are in need,” Mr Richmond said.
“These families let me into their lives and I travel that journey with them.
“I hope I can do this award justice.”
Moira Shire Mayor Peter Mansfield said the Australia Day Awards were in their 18th year and this year council received 20 nominations for individuals and committees who volunteered their time to make a difference in the community.
“We are truly fortunate to have so many dedicated and passionate volunteers willing to give up their time and share their skills for the betterment of others,” Cr Mansfield said.
“Their efforts play an important role in shaping our community, enriching the lives of many and allowing Moira Shire to continue to prosper.”
There were three further locals nominated for awards apart from Mr Richmond with the Yarrawonga Table Tennis Club being nominated for Community Organisation of the Year and locals John Wright and his mother Helen Wright vying for the title of Citizen of the Year.
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