Making Marion proud
Read about three people who are making Marion a better place to live.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 50 - December 2015.
A man who has overcome depression to lead a social support group, a woman who is part of a team that has prepared almost one million Meals on Wheels and an SES volunteer who helped find a missing child have been named the Pride of Marion.
They are the first people to be honoured in the new initiative that celebrates the outstanding contribution people make to our community.
Tony Fogarty’s life was turned upside down in 2001 when he went from being the life and soul of the party to becoming housebound with depression and memory loss.
After almost 10 years of confinement, Tony, now 61, forced himself to leave the house.
“In 2010 I took a deep breath and made myself walk to a breakfast event at Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre after hearing about it from a friend,” Tony said.
“It was so good to meet people that I got involved and set up a monthly bloke’s brekky where I now cook bacon and eggs for about 30 men who use it as a reason to get out of the house and make friends.
“As a result of depression and memory loss I had to learn to read and write again, but have helped build the centre’s wood oven, am involved in the woodwork group and really enjoy putting something back into the community.”
When Warradale Meals on Wheels began operating in 1990 Yvonne Curran was one of the first to volunteer.
Twenty-five years later she is part of a team that by next year will have prepared and delivered one million meals to people within the City of Marion.
For Yvonne, 76, helping people live independently in their homes by preparing a nourishing meal is all the motivation she needs.
“I value living in my home and it’s satisfying to know I’m helping people enjoy those same comforts by preparing food,” Yvonne said.
“If you have a good life, don’t take it for granted, consider yourself lucky, and support others… I expect to keep making apple and apricot strudel for a few years yet.”
Jess Doyle was just 21 when she began volunteering for the SES to learn new skills.
Now, aged 29, the State Government administration worker, who covers the Marion Council area from the SES office at Lonsdale in her spare time, has already racked up a wealth of experience.
“I’ve travelled to Queensland to battle floods, tied tarpaulins on roves to save homes from storms and had the satisfaction of being involved in a search that found a missing child,” Jess said.
“My family is from Hallett Cove and my partner plays footy for Marion Rams, so we are all part of the community.
“It’s rewarding to be in a team that can be called to the front line in times of need.”
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City Limits Magazine
The City Limits Magazine is a community publication that keeps Marion residents in touch with what is happening in their community. It includes information about major projects, council initiatives and events, as well as profiles of community members.
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