Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Josie Kicks a Goal with Her OAM Honour

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Josie Kicks a Goal with Her OAM Honour

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ALTHOUGH Josie Rogers has never played a footy game in her life, that did not stop her from kicking a goal.

She received an Order of Australia Medal from Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey for 41 years of hard work in Mackay's Aussie Rules community.

An overwhelmed Mrs Rogers received her OAM with Bravehearts' founder Hetty Johnston and 19 others at Government House in Brisbane on Monday.

From supporter to secretary, to treasurer, to tribunal member, Mrs Rogers has been a staunch team player on the sidelines.

Mrs Rogers and her husband Mick Rogers moved from the Barossa Valley in South Australia -- where Aussie Rules is the number one footy code -- to Mackay for his work way back in 1973.

"We were just like everybody else (in South Australia) and we supported (Aussie Rules)," she said.

Not only is AFL Mackay availed of her services, but Mrs Rogers has spent 15 years volunteering with Lifeline.

Mrs Rogers said sports clubs in Mackay would not survive without volunteers. …

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