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2014 Anchor Point Warrnambool Senior of the Year Ken Cumming

Family man wins Senior of the Year

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 2 October 2014

Ken Cumming is a man passionate about his family. To Ken, family doesn’t just mean his wife, three sons and three grandchildren - it also means the RSL family and the wider South West community.

Ken was announced as the 2014 Anchor Point Warrnambool Senior of the Year at a ceremony at the Lady Bay today to launch Celebrage – Warrnambool’s month-long seniors festival.

“It’s a rewarding experience to volunteer,” Ken said.

“Once you have done a little bit, it increases your confidence and you want to do more.

“It’s not just me, I’ve always found Warrnambool people to be very giving. We are all very lucky to live here.”

Ken, a Vietnam veteran, has had a positive influence on many returned service personnel by talking with and listening to them and encouraging them to be active.

He is always looking after people in need, including his neighbours and fellow veterans; happily sharing vegetables from his wonderful garden or helping out with home maintenance.

He is also the Warrnambool RSL’s “raffle man”. You can find Ken at the club every Friday night raising thousands of dollars for good causes.

Ken has been a member of the hospital visitation team since 2001 and instigated the club’s recent Peter’s Project fundraising activities.

He was also recognised for his years of dedication to improving the welfare of veterans when he was awarded RSL Life Membership in 2012.

Warrnambool City Council Volunteer Development Officer Kay Porter said that Ken is a very deserving winner.

“Ken is very active and very dedicated. Two traits which make him a great volunteer,” she said.

“He is very modest and doesn’t believe he is doing anything to make himself stand out.

“His first thoughts are never about himself, they are always for others.

“All volunteers deserve recognition and the Senior of the Year is one way to recognise people that many in the community may not be aware of, usually someone who has been quietly working for the good of the community for a very long time.”

There are 23 free or low-cost events this month as part of the Celebrage festivities.

From an eight-ball tournament to art, music, film, cycling and morning tea, there is something for seniors of all interests and mobility levels.

A copy of the full Celebrage program can be picked up at the Archie Graham Centre, the Warrnambool City Council Civic Centre, Anchor Point, Heatherlie Homes, Lyndoch, Gillin Park, Mercy Place, St John of God, South West Healthcare, the Bowls Clubs on Cramer Street and Timor Street, the Warrnambool Football Club and the Pavilion.

It can also be accessed online.

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