Posted by Dianne Honey on Jan 29, 2018
The Australia Day BBQ & the Rotary Club of Maffra & Gippsland Times Quiet Achiever Awards 2018
Each year The Rotary Club of Maffra and The Gippsland Times advertise for community nominations for their Awards which are presented at The Rotary Club of Maffra Australia Day BBQ. There are three categories which are Quiet Achiever for an Individual, Quiet Achiever for a Community Group and Quiet Achiever for an Individual under 30 years of age.
This year two Awards were presented by Cr Malcolm Hole. The first Award was made to all of the volunteers at the Maffra Hospital and McDonald Wing for their continuing support and volunteer time. Their time and energy is always greatly appreciated as it empowers the residents to lead fulfilling lives. Their practical support is invaluable; providing helping hands with transport, for outings such as lunch, morning teas, shows and even the Christmas lights. The volunteers spend time listening to the many stories the residents have to share. Volunteers kindly bring dogs to visit, as many residents have had pets in the past and love to see animals, including the Rotary Club of Maffra member who kindly brought a pony into the hospital which was led right up to resident’s bed side! Another Rotary Club of Maffra member recently helped one resident fullfill his dream of seeing Led Zeppelin play when the tribute show appeared in Sale!
The second Award was presented to Bernadette Wiggins who has been associated with the St Vincent de Paul Society in Maffra for over 30 years. She has served two terms as president, has been a member of the Welfare Team throughout most of this time, accepting responsibility for having the phone and visiting families and organising assistance as required.
Bernadette can be found at the St Vincent de Paul site virtually every day sorting and pricing goods. On our monthly Sale Day she also accepts responsibility for pricing all furniture.
Each Christmas, Bernadette liaises with the Lions Clubs of Maffra and Sale, as well the Salvation Army and Uniting Care volunteers to compile lists of families requiring Christmas hampers and gifts for their family members. Bernadette has also found time to regularly work in the Vigilance Op Shop, as well as caring for an elderly neighbour. Her efforts over many years caring for other people have been constant which, at times exerted strain on her own physical health and on her own social life.
Bernadette has adopted the vision statement of the St Vincent de Paul Society of offering people a hand up with respect and dignity.  In her life, Bernadette has assisted many people, quietly achieving an enormous amount of benefit for people in Maffra and surrounds.
The Rotary Club of Maffra would like to thank the Maffra Girl Guides who raised the Australian flag, the Maffra Municipal band and the Gippsland Woodwind Trio for providing some musical entertainment and the WSC for an Australia Day grant.