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Despite retiring from his role at Sydney Water, Bob Beer, said he still felt like he had a full
time job as a volunteer, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
The inspirational 68-year-old from Padstow was awarded Canterbury-Bankstown’s 2017
Volunteer of the Year, for his commitment to a myriad of local organisations.
For more than 25 years, Mr Beer has been a Justice of the Peace, served with Bankstown
SES, and was a volunteer Coast Guard where he achieved the rank of quartermaster.
But it was his outstanding service to the Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club (RSAC), an
organisation that supports the lifestyle choices of people living with disability, which made
him a befitting recipient of this award.
“I’m chuffed to be recognised, I really don’t know what to say. I guess winning this award
means more recognition for the RSAC,” Mr Beer said.
The hands-on volunteer joined the group so that he could find increased ways to improve his
son, Matthew’s, quality of life.
“Matthew lives with a range of intellectual disabilities, so I decided a long time ago to find an
organisation that assisted him to not only fit in but to engage, develop and grow in the
community,” Mr Beer said.
Mr Beer has helped develop and deliver many programs for RSAC, and continues to run
three tenpin bowling programs, drives the bus to getaway camps for children, young adults
and families, is a camp leader, and also organises programs for carers and parents.
In addition, Mr Beer has planned countless fundraising initiatives, which have included
BBQs, picnics, and trivia nights to raise money for the self-funded group.
He was also the president of the Parents Committee for Association for Children with
Learning Difficulties, a founding member of Supported Employment Enterprises, and is a
committee member for Bankstown East Hills Handicapped Association.
Administrator, Richard Colley, congratulated Mr Beer on his many admirable achievements.
“Bob typifies what a selfless individual looks like in our community. He is a shining example
of what commitment is needed to ensure that unfunded charity organisations, like the RSAC,
continues to operate and change peoples lives for the better,” he said.
6/02/2017 4:13 PM