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Looking for Bulli’s local legend

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Bulli’s Hanson and Cole Funerals, a part of the Guardian Funerals Group, is looking for local legends.

THE search is on for Bulli’s unsung heroes, who go unnoticed for their extra-ordinary caring acts within their communities, before it is too late.

The Local Legends initiative aims to recognise locals from Bulli and surrounding suburbs for their caring and selfless contributions to their community.

The winner of the Local Legend Awards will receive $1,000, and Guardian Funerals will also match the reward by donating $1,000 to the winner’s chosen charity or community group.  The nominations will be judged by a panel of four judges, including a local community representative.

Jo Place, regional manager at Guardian Funerals, is encouraging residents and businesses of Bulli to sing the praises of their local legends and nominate the people in their community for a Local Legend Award.

“Too often we’re celebrating the extraordinary lives of people in our community when they’ve passed away.  Local Legends is a very important initiative, which gives the much-deserved recognition to people who work tirelessly, selflessly, and in anonymity for the benefit of their communities, in the here and now.

“Inwardly looking, I also work with some pretty inspirational legends.  My colleague Warwick Hansen marked 50 years in the funeral industry this year and was recently honoured with an OAM for his services to the community,” says Ms Place.

“The awards bring a spotlight to marvellous residents of Bulli who, like Warwick, contribute so much, without any desire for personal recognition.”

Nominations are open to people of all ages and can be made either online at Guardian Funerals or by visiting Guardian Funerals in Bulli to fill in a paper nomination form.  Nominations close October 31 2017 and the winner will be announced in November 2017.  All nominations will need to be verified by the appropriate charity, organisation, community group, or business they have been involved in.  For conditions of entry, visit Guardian Funerals.

“I encourage the local community to nominate the people in their midst who deserve to be rewarded for their caring efforts and contributions.  Let’s celebrate their achievements today, not when they’ve passed,” says Ms Place.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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