The annual Rotary Southern Districts Shine On Awards recognise outstanding community service by people with disabilities who, by their actions, serve as ’Shining Examples’ to the community. They contribute under demanding and difficult conditions to their local and wider communities. The Rotary Club of Mount Martha hosted this year’s ceremony on Sunday 30 April 2017 at Balcombe Grammar School.
The Awards were first presented in Brisbane in 1993. Through corporate funding since 1999, the Rotary Southern Districts Committee has administered the Awards in Victoria, with recognition of two separate age groups, Youth (15 to 25 years) and Adults (over 25 years), with common selection criteria.
This year our District (District 9800) was fortunate to have four people nominated for the Awards. The Rotary Clubs of Hoppers Crossing (2), Woodend (1), and Melbourne (1) all sponsored nominees.
The Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing is proud to have been able to sponsor Sue Wild (in the adult category) and Christopher Hansen (in the youth category).
Sue was a volunteer at Riding for Disabled and undertook trainer instruction. While working Sue undertook studies in Cert IV and then Diploma in Disability Work. Sue was also a driving force behind the development and management of BaseCamp 3030. Sue is also heavily involved in activities with her church.
Sue is passionate about support her local community and is actively involved in: Werribee Special Links, Werribee Baptist Church & Wyndham Community Benevolent Foundation Inc, and Wyndham Disability Action Group Inc (WYNDAG. Sue is a long serving member of WYNDAG and has only recently stepped down as an official committee member.
Sue was the recipient of Wyndham City Council’s ‘Disability Access Award 2006’ for voluntary services to people with disabilities, their families and carers.
Christopher is a vibrant young man who lives as independently as possible, he travels independently and takes care of his own personal need. Chris is working on developing his independent living skills. Christopher is extremely considerate of other people, helpful and generous. Christopher works every day at Mambourin Enterprises, and he has a girlfriend who he meets in the city and hangs out with, and he is also a sporting fan of AFL, soccer and cricket. Christopher also is a participating member of his local church where he volunteers at all church functions, working in the kitchen at dinners, and at Fetes.
Christopher is a member of Special Olympics Melbourne North. He participates in regular Tenpin Bowling, Bocce and Basketball. Christopher is also a member of the Athletes Leadership Program, participating in Run With The Law Torch Runs and various PR functions.
Christopher has represented Special Olympics Australia in the 2013 Asia Pacific Games, winning a Silver Medal in Bocce. He has represented Special Olympics Victoria at two National Games; Adelaide in 2010, winning a Bronze medal in Tenpin Bowling, and Melbourne in 2014, winning 2 Silver Medals in Bocce. Christopher represented Australia at the Dream Ride in Connecticut USA in 2016.He takes part in any public functions to promote Special Olympics in particular and Disability Services in general.
Christopher won the Pierre De Coubertin Award in 2011 and the Graduating Student Achievement Award at Croxton Special School in 2011.
Our club congratulates both Sue and Christopher on their outstanding achievements and contributions to the local community of Wyndham, and wishes them both continued success in all their future endeavours.