Congratulations to our very own Bill Peacock, who was a finalist in the 2021 Queensland Volunteering Awards. Bill was nominated in the category of Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering. The Awards ceremony, which was held at the Brisbane City Hall on Friday 21 May 2021, was attended by the Governor His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, the Lady Mayoress, Nina Schrinner, Ann Leahy MP and Yvette D’Arth MP. As well as these dignitaries, there were three finalists in each category, the nominators and guests
Jim McMurdo, who is the Cancer Council Queensland’s longest-serving volunteer, was the winner in Bill’s Category. Over 200 nominations were received, so it was a marvellous achievement for Bill to be chosen as a finalist and an honour also for Bribie Island.
Part of the citation on the website for Volunteering Queensland states: ‘Bill has relentlessly campaigned to raise the awareness of Australia’s community of polio survivors and their needs. He has performed fundraising efforts, advocacy work and has provided support to people living with a disability. People who know Bill have spoken of this motivational, positive attitude and his love of helping others.’
Having known Bill and worked closely with him for the last 7 years, I can attest to his tireless contribution to helping those in need. As a peer support Coordinator for Spinal Life Australia, Bill deals regularly with very distressing cases. He also continually volunteers and fundraises for Rotary. He is the Foundation Director for d9560 Passport Club as well as Coordinator for Australian and Oceanic World’s Greatest Meal to End Polio. In July 2021, Bill takes over the role of Polio Chair for the new Rotary District 9560.
Rotary d9560 Passport Club should not be confused with the Rotary Club of Bribie Island. A Passport Club gives its members a more flexible experience by relaxing the attendance policy and measuring Club health by participation in service activities rather than attendance at meetings. Bribie Island now has a cluster of 6 members. If you would like to join our Passport Club, please call Bill on 0403 686 998 or myself on 0409 244 005.