Betty Jennings of Stones Corner and Richard Tanner of Greenslopes have been recognised for their community involvement and service, as part of the 2024 Australia Day Awards.
Betty was recognised as Senior Citizen of the Year for her extraordinary journey of over two decades of volunteer work at Greenslopes Private Hospital.
She is a member of the Diggers’ Dozen, a group of volunteers that have been providing patient care for over 30 years.
“Betty Jennings exemplifies the best of Brisbane’s values and our nation’s famed Aussie spirit,” Cr Adrian Schrinner said, heaping special praise on Betty.
Through her service, she has set a fantastic example of community involvement, inspiring others to contribute to the betterment of Brisbane.
A Greenslopes local, Richard Tanner, was honoured with the Australia Day Achievement Awards, along with 19 others from all across Brisbane.
The not-for-profit organisation Dig In was honoured as Young Citizen of the Year. This award was accepted by Curtis Sciacca and Lindsay Brown on behalf of the organization.
Dig In, operating across two locations in Fortitude Valley and West End, was recognized for its innovative use of technology to provide 300 to 350 meals every Saturday to individuals experiencing food insecurity.
In addition, the Australia Day Sports Award was presented to Ryan Finn, who has devoted seven years of his time to volunteering for the Para Sport of Boccia. Ryan’s dedication has empowered young people with disabilities to actively engage in sports.
These outstanding award winners will be publicly acknowledged once more at this year’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, which will witness the participation of over 550 new citizens.