Michael has heart, now life member
HEART Support Australia's Ipswich branch paid a rare tribute to one of its most loyal and longest serving members.
As part of its 15th birthday celebration on Wednesday, November 21, the local group, led by president Judy Edyvean, awarded a life membership to Michael Johnson.
Mr Johnson was moved to tears as he recounted his recovery from severe heart problems.
"I never thought that, when I joined the group in 1999, I would be staying around this long because at the time I didn't think I would be on the planet for much longer," Mr Johnson said.
Mr Johnson has been a key member of the Ipswich branch over the last 12 years, filling the role of minute-taker.