26 January 2018
Australia day awards 2018 for Jagajaga
It was a lovely summer’s day when the awards were presented in the fully renovated mud brick community hall in leafy Eltham. Hundreds of locals and dignitaries attended to witness the awards being presented on this uplifting and inspiring occasion. In recognition of the efforts and sacrifices of ordinary people for the betterment of all other needy persons in Jagajaga.
106 awards were presented to individuals and groups for their long standing efforts some for more than 30 years.
The Australian National Anthem and Waltzing Matilda were both expertly sung by Mandy Lyn Brook, her renditions were riveting.
Ken (now 78 ) had 26 invitees and family attend to celebrate the presentation of his award for establishing the OM:NI groups in Diamond Creek, Eltham, and Hurstbridge where now over 70 men attend on a fortnightly basis to make new friends, reunite with community and build their confidence again.
Ken also has built a riding group to raise funds to eliminate Prostate Cancer known as “Ken’s Pedal against Prostate”
Many photos were taken with family, friends and council reps, and Jenny Macklin MP.
At day’s end Ken went home had an hour sleep, got on his bike rode to town for a pizza and sat with Lorraine to reminisce about what a beautiful community we live in.
We all congratulate you Ken.
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Congratulations ken. It was a wonderful day and so proud to have been a part of it. Anna x
So good that you were able to be there Anna. You did so much to help us in the beginning. Seven years in March and so much to be grateful for…Anna O
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Anna so happy you could come and help celebrate Kens great achievement you also deserve an award for what you did for all us guys, ever so greatfull
Congratulations Ken. Well deserved.
An amazing diversity of recipients and organisations made it an inspiring afternoon. You are in great company for your well deserved award
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Could not have gone to a more deserving person Ken, thanks for all your contributions to men’s health.