John Morris awarded Paul Harris Fellowship by Busselton-Geographe Bay Rotary Club

Breanna RedheadBusselton Dunsborough Times
Sandra Marriott, John Morris and Rotary District Governor Pat Schraven.
Camera IconSandra Marriott, John Morris and Rotary District Governor Pat Schraven. Credit: supplied

A beloved community stalwart has recognised by Busselton-Geographe Bay Rotary Club for going “above and beyond” his work in Busselton.

John Morris was recently awarded a Paul Harris fellowship certificate in appreciation of the “tangible and significant assistance” he has given to the community.

The 86-year-old is a veteran volunteer within the Busselton community, being particularly involved with Saint Mary’s Anglican Parish for the past 16 years, where he volunteers 50 hours a week as church warden and parish administrator.

His work at the church as sees him as part of the board of Anglicare Emergency Relief for the region of Bunbury along with managing the St Mary’s op shop which locals describe an “integral” part of the parish’s works.

In addition to his time spent with St Mary’s, Mr Morris oversees Cliff’s Kitchen which seeks to provide up to 200 meals a week for the homeless.

As part of his service, Mr Morris introduced the now well-known St Mary’s Christmas Lunch which has successfully run for the past 10 years.

Further, he sits on the board of St Mary’s Community Care Nurture Works - Buz Children’s Charity, known for assisting development of children and teenagers.

In 2018, John’s selfless actions were recognised by the community, named as the senior community citizen of the year as well as receiving the bishop’s award for the Diocese of Bunbury for his outstanding service to the Anglican Church.

Alongside Mr Morris, Rotary Club member Ross Johnston was also also awarded with a fellowship.

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