Dorothy is our top citizen

Published: 29 January 2019

Dorothy is our top citizen
Champion boxer and Logan's Australia Day Ambassador Jeff Horn (centre) is with Logan Citizen of the Year Dorothy Murphy and Young Citizen Charlie Johnstone

Mt Warren Park resident Dorothy Murphy is Logan’s Citizen of the Year for 2019.

Mrs Murphy, who founded Palliative Aids for Logan Services (PALS) in 2002 after the death of her husband, received the award at today’s City of Logan Australia Day ceremony.

PALS provides support equipment for palliative care patients and assistance paying bills if their families are in need.

Mrs Murphy also lobbied the Federal Government to ensure that members of the British Commonwealth Occupancy Force (soldiers who served in Japan after WWII) received gold cards.

She also volunteers at the Logan and Beaudesert hospitals and assists Beenleigh Chaplaincy and the Wongaburra Garden Settlement Nursing Home.

City of Logan Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley congratulated Mrs Murphy on her win.

“With 15 amazing nominees it wasn’t easy to decide a winner but Dorothy’s years of service to the community have made a major difference to many people’s lives,” Cr Dalley said.

“Whether it’s giving palliative care patients and their families the support they need or standing up for our veterans, Dorothy is someone who does so much but expects so little.”

Bahrs Scrub 14-year-old Charlie Johnstone is Logan’s Young Citizen of the Year.

Charlie regularly collects unsold bread from retailers and packages it for distribution to needy members of the community.

He also was ranked 87th out of 15,000 students at the World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions at Yale University and will have lunch with NASA astronauts later this year after winning another academic contest.