Lifetime Warwick Apex Club member Peter Hardwick has spent 25 of his 50 years volunteering for various organisations.
Lifetime Warwick Apex Club member Peter Hardwick has spent 25 of his 50 years volunteering for various organisations. Linden Morris

Community spirit runs deep

IF HE continues on his current path, one local identity will have to start counting his volunteer efforts on both hands.

Toowoomba born and Warwick bred Peter Hardwick, who celebrated his 50th birthday at the weekend, has been volunteering for local organisations since the age of 25.

"I first joined Warwick Apex Club in 1987 and have been a member in one way or another for the last 25 years," Mr Hardwick said.

"During my time I was president a few times, secretary about seven, district governor twice, and club and district debating co-ordinator for about 10 years.

"I was an active member, then became semi-active and in 2010 was awarded my lifetime membership.

"I was awarded it a couple of years after my retirement from Apex."

Mr Hardwick said while he would remember many things about his time with Apex, some things stood out.

"I will remember the life-long friendships that I have made over the years," he said.

"Watching the self-improvement in the debating students who took part in competitions is something else that sticks in my memory."

Along with his involvement in Apex, Mr Hardwick has volunteered in other community groups.

"I was a member of the local ambulance committee that would raise funds for the local station," he said.

"For the last 18 years I have also been a Blue Light Disco committee member."

Mr Hardwick said his hidden passion was in radio.

"I have been a volunteer Rainbow FM presenter for about 12 years and host three shows," he said.

"Tuesday nights, Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons is with students from Assumption College.

"I use my time alone in the radio booth as my time and I don't worry about anything else when I walk in that door until I walk out.

"I really enjoy it."



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