Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Our Reluctant Hero

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Our Reluctant Hero

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Byline: Ren Lanzon

IT'S a difficult thing when you try to speak to Marion Breadsell about her being a community hero.

She just doesn't seem to get the point.

You want to talk about what she has done to be honoured with that title.

But she wants to talk about all the other wonderful people who week by week join her in her volunteer work for the community she lives in.

Or else it's the wonderful people she meets in the course of helping them.

And that is generally the case with people who are real heroes. The real focus seems to be on the other person, not themselves.

"There are so many others who have been in this a lot longer than I have," said Marion.

"Why don't you speak to someone else?"

Marion is one of those splendid volunteers with the Blue Care Auxiliary - and she's also the president

Most of the time they are busily collecting (recycling) unwanted items to sell to people who want them. They iron them, clean them, sort them out, take them apart, arrange them, tidy them up and otherwise make them saleable for the monthly garage sales. …

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