Humble Dudley a hero
HE HAS made huge contributions to the Howard community over the years but when Dudley Mason, 86, found out he was one of eight finalists in the IGA Supermarkets Unsung Heroes awards his reaction was more one of shock than delight.
Mr Mason moved to Howard 20 years ago and he has been involved with Meals on Wheels, Neighbourhood Watch, the Burrum District Heritage Society, the Burrum Aged Care Units committee and the Howard Progress Society.
“I've done a little bit over a long period,” Mr Mason said modestly.
“I'm a shy sort of character – I prefer to keep out of the limelight.
“It was more a shock rather than excitement.
“I just wonder if anyone else was nominated.”
Through his involvement with various community activities, Mr Mason has tasted plenty of success including increasing the number of aged units at the Burrum aged care facility from four to 32.
As a finalist Mr Mason will receive $500 worth of IGA vouchers and $1500 towards the charity or not-for-profit organisation of his choice.
If he wins the overall title he will receive $500 worth of IGA gift vouchers and a further $5000 will be given to the charity or not-for-profit organisation.
“This is a really great way for our network of IGA stores to help recognise people like Dudley Mason who work tirelessly for others,” Joe Pittini, Queensland and Northern NSW IGA Retail State Board Chairman, said.
“All of our stores across Queensland and northern NSW are committed to supporting local communities, and it's great to see people like Dudley doing just that.”