Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell president Steve Ansell, right, joins Kilmore Racing Club marketing and partnerships manager Lindsey Melis, Kilmore Trackside assistant venue manager Kate Mancini and North Central Review general manager/editor Lauren Duffy to discuss details of the My COVID Hero awards, which will culminate in a presentation ceremony at Kilmore Trackside on May 31. ​

Organisers of the ‘My COVID Hero’ community awards are urging people to submit nominations of worthy contributors by Sunday.

Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell, Kilmore Racing Club and the North Central Review will present the My COVID Hero awards, recognising people in the community who have given exceptional service to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The awards will thank people who worked in particularly challenging circumstances throughout the pandemic – especially in the fields of health, policing, ambulance service, the State Emergency Service, Country Fire Authority and other volunteer groups.

Recipients, their families, colleagues and community supporters will be invited to an award ceremony at Kilmore Trackside on May 31 to recognise the recipients’ efforts.

Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell vocational services committee chair Bruce Nicholls said many nominations had already been received, but organisers were keen to attract more, particularly from the community.

Mr Nicholls said judges would recognise people who had displayed actions that embodied the Rotary creed of ‘Service Above Self’ and who epitomised that quality in their daily lives.

“Recognising individuals whose service to their community during the pandemic has been exceptional will bring our community together in a celebratory way and inspire others to follow in their footsteps,” he said.

The Rotary club had presented awards such as Pride in Workmanship and recognised local police officers in the past, but decided to turn its attention to the people who made a difference in the lives of others during the pandemic.

Organisers hope this year’s My COVID Hero awards will set the foundation to continue in coming years as community awards recognising outstanding service in the southern Mitchell area.

Members of the public can nominate a worthy recipient simply by providing the full name of the nominee, their title and organisation they represent, and outline in less than 50 words why the person deserves special recognition for their exceptional dedication in serving others in the community during the pandemic.

Nominations can be emailed to mycommunityhero@outlook.com before Sunday, May 15.

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