At the recent Babinda Harvest Festival, Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt presented a Community Service Award for outstanding service to colourful local Beryl Ball.

Mr Pitt said that for the past 17 years Beryl had been the Secretary of the Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League in Babinda, also serving as Zone Secretary.

“Since 1999 Beryl has delivered meals to those in need through Meals on Wheels, helping brighten the days of those community members who are often lonely,” Mr Pitt said.

[singlepic id=602 w=320 h=240 float=left] “Locals would know Beryl through the numerous raffle tickets she has sold throughout town for the Colts Junior Rugby League and other community organisations.

“Beryl has also been responsible for organising raffle prizes and helped raise funds for many local community organisations.

“If you haven’t had Beryl try and sell you a raffle ticket in the main street then chances are you’re not from Babinda.

“Beryl Ball was a talented handcrafter, previously being secretary of the Handcraft Committee and was also President of the Deeral CWA for three years as well as serving on the Cairns CWA Unit Committee. She is also a long standing Church of England Ladies Auxiliary member.

“Community Service goes way back for Beryl who at one stage helped at the Tuckshop at Babinda State School and also helped with the Babinda Boxing Club.”

Mr Pitt said it was only fitting that Beryl received the award.

“It is people like Beryl who epitomise the ethos of the Community Service Award. They selflessly help others in the area and create community in our midst.”

“Babinda has been well served by Beryl and she’s a deserving winner of this award.”