Laurie awarded UnitingCare medal
FROM a bunch of flowers to enlighten the lives of others to helping people who are in need – Laurie Ward is always there.
He is well-known around Allora as a busy man always serving others and was recently awarded with the UnitingCare Queensland Moderator’s Community Service Medal 2010 after he was nominated by friends at Blue Care Allora/Clifton.
“It felt terrific...I would like to thank all the volunteers because there are a lot of people who wouldn’t get out of their house without volunteers,” Mr Ward said.
He was surprised by the Daily News yesterday in-between volunteer commitments after he drove a Blue Care respite client to Toowoomba for the transport service he volunteers for.
“I just love helping old people.
“It’s good even if you only make one person happy a day you have done your job,” Mr Ward said.
Respite team leader, Sally Bellingham said he was extremely kind to Blue Care and they would be lost without him.
“He is such a humble man and it’s nice he was recognised,” Ms Bellingham said.
Mr Ward’s week involves keeping the Blue Care’s gardens in order, volunteering for their transport service, helping people around Allora by mowing their lawns and completing other tasks.
“Every morning Laurie checks on the elderly people in Blue Care Allora/Clifton and has helped save lives because of this,” Ms Bellingham said.
“Laurie will see someone who needs help or a problem needing to be solved and he will calmly go about fixing things with no fuss.
“He shows compassion for anyone who needs it – even those who don’t ask for it.”
For many years Mr Ward volunteered his time to maintaining the Allora Cemetery gardens each weekend as well as the Blue Care centre garden which a friend recently painted a sign for which says “Laurie’s Garden”.
“He just goes above and beyond with everything you ask of him...Laurie just does the work without any thought of recognition,” Ms Bellingham said.
When asked by the Daily News how it felt to receive the award his first thought was the work the Blue Care workers do in the community – again always thinking of others.
“The girls in here (Blue Care Allora/Clifton) always do a fantastic job,” Mr Ward said.
Blue Care transport coordinator Kim Davison said he just does little things to try and make the atmosphere more homely for the clients with ornaments and flowers around the premises.
“We are so fortunate to have such wonderful people,” she said.