I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the impressive 63 years of charity work undertaken by Mr Ralph Heness of Peakhurst.
Last year, Mr Heness was awarded an OAM for service to the community of Auburn. He was the founding member of the Community Pride Group of Auburn City Council, and a Citizen of the Year in 2006.
Ralph was also the organiser of the Auburn Lidcombe Lions Club, and heads up the annual charity golf day. Additionally, he was also the recipient of seven district governor awards, and is extremely proud of his contributions to the Cash-A-Can recycling program.
Another facet to his career was working in breakfast community radio as a volunteer broadcaster from 2008-2011. More impressively, Mr Heness also worked for NSW Bridges in fire service for over 40 years.
Through his charitable endeavours Ralph has raised thousands of dollars over the years. I congratulate Mr Heness on his many years of service.