Senior Ambassador announced

Published: 24 August 2018

Senior Ambassador announced

Even in a city renowned for its volunteer spirit George Skurka is a standout.

In between driving donors to appointments for the Red Cross Australia Blood Service or teaching reading and writing through Logan City Council Libraries’ Adult Literacy program, George has selflessly devoted himself to his community for many years.

You could even say he’s spilled blood for it, with 192 donations saving the lives of 576 people.

For his good deeds the Loganlea resident was today named the City of Logan’s Senior Ambassador for 2018.

He was presented with his award at Logan Loves Seniors Expo and Gala Concert at the Logan Entertainment Centre.

The event, which included two Neil Diamond inspired sets from Peter Byrne, was attended by hundreds of Logan’s senior citizens.

“We had a quality field of nominations but George’s contribution was hard to go past,” Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said.

“Literacy greatly improves one’s quality of life particularly for our large culturally and linguistically diverse community.

“And the gift of giving blood, and helping others do so, is truly giving the gift of life.

“George deserves his place among previous Senior Ambassadors and the thousands of Logan residents who devote their time to making our city great.”

George was nominated by his peers at Red Cross Australia.

“I’d like to thank the Red Cross at Springwood for their support over the years they’ve been fantastic,” George said.

“Council has been great too, when I wanted to volunteer I didn’t know who to approach but they pointed me in the right direction.”

City Image and Innovation Committee Chairman, Councillor Laurie Smith, said Logan Loves Seniors is growing in popularity every year.

“More than 52,000 residents are over the age of 60 in Logan so it’s the perfect place for those with plenty of life experience,” Cr Smith said.

“Council supports Seniors in many ways and I’m sure those who attended the festival had plenty of fun and maybe learned a thing or two as well.”