Giving spans years

BY Brigid Simeoni PERCY Lyall lives by the belief that it's not what you can get out of it, but what you can do for others.

The Fernvale resident has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service to the community through ex-service, church, youth and musical groups.

When asked how he felt to receive recognition for his community work, Mr Lyall, 86, paused and smiled. "Pretty humble, I suppose it's a great honour," he said.

His service to the community spans decades and various groups, including the Coopers Plains Scout Group, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Wivenhoe Pocket Rural Fire Brigade.

A former president of the 2/15th Battalion Remembrance Club, the ex-serviceman is currently the editor of the club's magazine.

"I think in years of being in the army, particularly in the infantry where our lives depended on each other, you learn to give and take," Mr Lyall said.

"You learn that if you can do something for someone, why the hell not do it?

"You create a good feeling in yourself and someone else goes away happy."

During his years of community work he has also shared his love of music with others.

A guitar rests against a seat in the lounge room while he speaks, with other instruments nearby.

"I've always loved singing. Music's always been a big part of my life," he said.

As a member of the Esk Bushbashers band, he has shared his talent by performing for aged care residents.

He also has fond memories of teaching guitar to students at Patrick Estate Primary School.

"I said I could teach them how to put chords together, and the combination of chords they could use it was wonderful," he said.

Mr Lyall said he felt there was "something more in giving".

"It's not what you get out of it; it's what you can do for somebody."

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