26 Jan Australia Day
The Whites had a big Australian Day with Lewis Holland the Queanbeyan Ambassador and three people connected with the club receiving Australian Day Honours.
ActewAGL’s Paul Walshe received an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for his service to the communities of Queanbeyan and Canberra. Paul has been a long-time supporter and through ActewAGL a sponsor. He was instrumental in the development of the Cancer Support Group (a Whites’ supported charity) and is currently lobbying for a respite care facility for the city.
Home in Queanbeyan’s Ann Pratt also received an OAM for her service to the community through mental health care groups. Ann would not have won it for her golf prowess. Home in Queanbeyan is another of the charities supported by the Whites.
Whites’ supporter Richard Maloney was awarded an Australian Fires Service Medal and was the only one to receive one in the ACT. The Meredith Street gardener will be pinning the medal on his uniform with a great pride.
At the Australia Day ceremony in the town park, Lewis spoke of his heritage and his love of the area. His record of achievements at such a young age is hard to believe. He has been around the world and back again but still rates Campese Oval and The Royal Hotel as favourite places.
Administrator Tim Overall and the Deputy Premier of NSW, John Barilaro, were on hand to make Lewis a little less nervous.