Council announces Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award winner
January 29, 2013
Marilyn Beaven-Williams, better known as ‘Mazz the Hospital Clown’ has been named the 2013 Australia Day Citizen of the Year.
A member of several welfare and volunteer agencies, including the Salvation Army and Pets for Therapy, Mrs Beaven-Williams is best known for her volunteer clowning role at the Shoalhaven Hospital.
Mrs Beaven-Williams aka ‘Mazz the Hospital Clown’ regularly attends operation days within the Children’s Ward in a bid to add some much needed humour and cheer to young patients during their stay in hospital.
Further to this, Mrs Beaven-Williams also arranges carolers to sing in all the hospital wards on Christmas Eve and makes a special visit to the Children’s Ward on Christmas Day when she distributes individual presents with the help of Santa Claus.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash paid tribute to Mrs Beaven-Williams’ volunteer work describing her ongoing efforts to bring cheer to the community as ‘inspirational’.
“There is absolutely no doubt that Mrs Beaven-Williams is a deserving recipient of the 2013 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award,” said Clr Gash.
“Having been instrumental in the formation of the William Campbell College for disadvantaged children, Mrs Beaven Williams has somehow found the time to volunteer with a number of extremely charitable organisations.
“While she is deeply involved with the Salvation Army, Pets for Therapy and statewide NAIDOC celebrations it is for her work as ‘Mazz the Hospital Clown’ that she is best known.”
“Armed with only a small ukele, some balloon animals and a unique sense of humour, Mazz has been able to bring so much cheer and joy into the lives of local children at a time when they need it most.”
“The Australia Day Awards provide an opportunity for Council to recognise those residents who continue to give tirelessly to the community.”
“I would like to congratulate all of the award winners and also pay tribute to those that were nominated. Each of you makes the Shoalhaven a better place in which to reside.”
Other Award winners include -
2013 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award
A long term advocate for rural and agricultural issues, Jessica Monteith was named the 2012 Berry Showgirl before going on to win the Zone Two Showgirl later in the year.
Nominated as an ambassador for Hands Across NSW, a charity assisting rural families, Mrs Monteith was also selected as the 2012 Young Farming Champion and Art4Agriculture ambassador.
Mrs Monteith is currently studying for a degree in Business/Finance Banking.
2013 Australia Day Sports Award
Aaron Lloyd capped off a remarkable sporting year by winning a silver medal in the Over 40 Mens Hockey World Cup in England where he represented Australia.
Mr Lloyd also toured through the Netherlands and Germany with the Australian side after representing both NSW and Illawarra hockey earlier in the year.
2013 Australia Day Junior Sports Award
Bridget Mullany was named the 2013 Australia Day Junior Sports Award recipient following her Gold medal and Australian record in the Team Pursuit at the Australian Junior Track Cycling Championships.
Competing in the Under 17 age group, Ms Mullany was again selected in both the NSW Junior Track Cycling and Road Cycling teams and is currently leading her age group in the National Track Series.