Felicity Bradford of Good Shepherd, Witta, in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Qld, and a member of Glass House Mountains Lutheran Women’s Fellowship, was nominated in 2021 by the Sunshine Coast Council for a Fred Hollows Humanitarian Award – for her volunteer guiding at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny, a very popular picnic area with walking tracks and a beautiful place to observe the Glass House Mountains, so named by Captain Cook.
Since Felicity moved to Maleny some 14 years ago and, with a background in biology, she has been leading mostly school groups to have a joy-filled experience in the forest. Since the introduction of the NDIS program, more adults with disabilities visit the park and, with her background as a Special Needs teacher, she has taken on the role of coordinating their visits. This is the first time The Awards have been given out on the 30th Anniversary of his death. The citation says, “for showing outstanding care and compassion for others”. In her interview, Felicity stated that she has been volunteering all her life. First, at home after the war when she helped her mother care for little migrant children. Felicity also taught Sunday School for many years and now, nearly 50 years on, as a volunteer Religious Instruction teacher in State Schools.
Ray Martin presented the awards on-line and Gabby Hollows spoke to the participants from all over Australia. Felicity has held many roles as a member of Lutheran Women of Qld.
To God be the glory!