Halloween night was a big winner for the community of Waiau Pa-Clarks Beach when the inaugural Kiwanis Community Awards function was held. A total of 20 individuals and groups were recognised for their voluntary service to others. Whilst the recipients were all very humble about being nominated for such an award, in every case their dedication and commitment was apparent.
MC for the night, charter member of the local Kiwanis club, Barry Owen, told the assembled audience that the awards night came about in recognition of 100 years of community service by Kiwanis International, although the local club has only been active since 1987. The club wanted to do something for the community to recognise this milestone and the awards night fitted the bill perfectly.
On the night certificates were given to everybody who had been nominated for their service to the community. The wide range of volunteers covered sport, school calf club day, support for playgroup, kindergarten, guides, cubs, scouts, and keas. People who had supported others with medical conditions were also recognised, as was voluntary knitting for children and babies – and special activities for children in the community. Organising Anzac day services got a mention and the service the first response team of the Volunteer Fire Fighters provides locally. The organisers of Mainly Music and Drop In groups, and many years of voluntary support for church groups were also recognised.
Event organiser, Dianna Aislabie said “The general consensus was that there are a lot of community minded people living in the area who ‘just get on and do the job’ without any expectation of recognition. They do it primarily to help others. A lot of the recipients didn’t realise that what they do as a volunteer has such an impact on other people in the community.”
Three special awards for outstanding service to the community were presented. The first was given to Sharon Shultz who runs the Drop-In group for Year 7 & 8 children. Each year she organises outings to places like Rainbows End and Papakura Pools. Sharon also organises monthly outings for elderly people who live alone.
Marshall Paddison received a special award for his dedicated service to Mainly Music. Every Tuesday sees Marshall involved in fun sessions for the pre-schoolers who, with their parents, turn up at the Waiau Pa hall to play and appreciate music. For many years Marshall has had a big influence on cubs and scouts and has been a role model for young boys in the community, encouraging confidence and self-esteem. He recently fixed the playhouse at the Clarks Beach Playgroup at his own cost.
The Mathieson team, Ross and Sally, a well-known presence at most local events – Ross with his camera and Sally with the accompanying pen and paper to take notes – were a popular choice for the third special award. Recognised for their long serving contribution to school calf club days – for many years Ross and Sally have provided calves and helped students prepare their calves. They have worked on obtaining sponsors, ribbons & certificates, finding judges, and if they couldn’t – performing the duties themselves. Ross’s photographic ability is well known in the district for chronicling its history on camera. Sally is always at his side to record names and faces. Together they are an awesome team.
The generosity of local businesses and individuals who sponsored the awards was acknowledged on the night. The Kiwanis club would like to thank them for their generosity in enabling prizes for the winners and lucky draw spot prizes for supporters. The special awards were handmade from ancient red beech by local craftsman Dave Young, a Kiwanian from the Papatoetoe club.
After the success of the first Community Awards night, Dianna Aislabie is looking forward to a repeat performance next year. She says there are still a lot of people in the community who voluntarily give many hours of their time but don’t receive recognition for what they do.
The overwhelming sense of community at this function was a huge reward for the Kiwanis club, whose members had worked hard to coordinate the event.
Wayne Morrison – Waiau Pa Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Officer
Brett Dennis – gardener and soccer coach, kindergarten supporter
Jan O’Neil – netball support and organiser of the Pa 5000 Fun Run
Jackie Blake – Waiau Pa hockey, calf club day support, raising calves for IHC
Marshall Paddison – Mainly Music and Playgroup support, role model for boys in the community.
Steve Maher – Volunteer Fire Brigade, focus on support for children
Liz Kelso – Clarks Beach Playgroup Chairperson who injects passion and energy
Daniel Schofield – volunteer hockey club supporter and Kindergarten fundraiser
Shazneen Kahn – breast cancer survivor and supporter
Sandie Goddard – welfare of parishioners, garden group supporter, Anzac day contributor and voluntary secretary for Fire Brigade
Michelle Skelling – golf club social club, local school board, guide leader who will help anyone in need
Jan and Peter Billborough – voluntary service in local community and bowling club.
Mel Travers – involved in playgroup, kindergarten and school in voluntary capacity.
Gwen Lever – patrols Clarks Beach and picks up rubbish left by others. Weather is no deterrent.
Ross and Sally Mathieson – School calf club long term volunteers, Bible in School programme, local photographic historian.
Dawn Harmann – knits endlessly for babies, cooks jams and pickles for the church to distribute and sell.
Marion Liddell – Assists at the Drop In group, provides social opportunities for young people not otherwise had.
Sharon Shultz – runs the Drop In group, arranges outings for children and elderly people.
Hansaben Naran – volunteer for “Look good feel better” dealing with side effects of cancer, treasurer for Manukau Indian Association, and National Council for Women, Justice of the Peace, travels to third world countries with supplies for schools, provides clothing for newborn babies, raised funds for incubators for newborn babies.
Volunteer Fire Brigade First Response Unit – an awesome team of dedicated volunteers whose prompt action saves many lives.
Ross, normally the photographer, and Sally Mathieson experience the other side of the camera for a change.
The Paddison family were there in support of Marshall who was one of the special award recipients.
Grace, Darryll, Glenn, Marshall, Kerry and Stephanie Paddison.
Forty year Kiwanian, Chris Matthews, was assisted by Paige Tudor, Hayley & Lisa Guite
as he gave out spot prizes donated by local businesses.