OPINION: Giving is its own reward

MAYOR Paul Pisasale told me in the first few weeks of arriving here in Ipswich that I would come to love this town and I would enjoy the people.

As I approach two-and-a-half years as editor of the QT, I can say he was right on both predictions. Over the past 15 years, I have been the everywhere man, having lived in Canberra, Auckland, Brisbane, Yamba, Grafton and Hervey Bay.

It has given me a great insight into different communities and while I made friends in every town, there were times when I wished I could just pack my family up and move somewhere else.

We have not felt this in Ipswich. The people I have met have always been welcoming and eager to know more about you and how you were finding the area. In other words, they cared that you were enjoying living in their community.

One of my best decisions since arriving has been a recent one and that is to join the Ipswich City Rotary Club.

I have enjoyed the fellowship and also the chance to join with other concerned citizens to work on projects to help others. Yesterday, representatives of one of the groups they have assisted, the Atoifi Adventist Hospital in the Solomon Islands, came back to say thanks.

It made me feel very proud to say I was a member of Rotary and an Ipswichian.



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