Selfless residents thanked

Selfless residents thanked

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Liberal member for Darling Range Tony Simpson, Sylvia and Keith Whibley with volunteers Helen Rowe and Gracie Liew.

Liberal Member for Darling Range Tony Simpson attended the 10th Peel Volunteer Awards ceremony on December 5 in support of local residents Helen Rowe and Keith Whibley.

Mrs Rowe and Mr Whibley were both nominated for the volunteer awards in recognition of their services to the community.

Mrs Rowe who has volunteered for more than 20 years continues to do so along with her friend Patricia Kellett.

Together they conduct welfare checks for seniors and assist women and children who have left domestic violence situations.

Mr Simpson said Mrs Rowe was one of the most selfless people he knew.

“I am grateful to have her in the community,” he said.

“The positive impact Helen has on the community is priceless.”

Mr Whibley was recognised for making the Byford Community Residents Community Garden a reality.

Mr Simpson said the garden brought neighbours together.

“The community garden gives people the opportunity to grow fresh produce and to meet and learn from other gardeners,” he said.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale also recognised the volunteers with a lunch held at the Byford Tavern on the same day.

More than 100 volunteers attended and numerous groups including fire brigades, sports clubs, churches and cultural heritage societies were represented.

Shire president John Erren thanked all the volunteers and recognised their work across the shire.

To volunteer visit sjshire.wa.gov.au.