Selflessly giving back to the community resulted in an award that acknowledged Robert Lovell’s exceptional dedication.
For this reason, he was named Cronulla Senior of the Year for 2018.
Mr Lovell made an outstanding contribution to Kurnell Public School across many years.
He was a volunteer at school events, helped maintain grounds and fundraisers, mowed lawns, ran garage sales and stalls, drove a mini-bus and marked out tracks for sports carnivals.
Mr Lovell is also a member of North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club and former president of Kurnell Community Sport and Recreation Club.
He was nominated by principal of Kurnell Public School, Joanne Graham.
“Bobby, as he is affectionately known, has been a real champion for our school,” she said.
“He has a sense of ownership and belonging for a school, where his children and grand-children attended.
“His many years of voluntary support have been recognised.”
Other finalists were:
- June Allen, for volunteering at Burraneer Bay Public School
- Helen Douglas, for 20 years service to Engadine Preschool Kindergarten
- Ron Hoffmans, for ongoing work with community radio station 2SSRFM. He is Australia’s current oldest radio announcer at age 97.
- Bruce Lucas, for volunteering at St Phils Church Caringbah
- Sue Shoebridge, for volunteering with 3Bridges Community Early Years Support Service (award accepted by nominator, Lina Willmott)
- Colin Tasker, for ongoing support of Port Hacking Open Sailing Club.