Torquay Lions Club bbq,Citizenship Ceremony&Awards

The program includes a Citizenship Ceremony and the presentation of Australia Day Awards conducted by the Mayor of the Surf Coast Shire, Cr Rose Hodge and Australia Day Ambassador, Mr Grant Monks.
There will be children’s face painting and music. A barbecue brunch and hot and cold drinks will be served after the citizenship ceremony. Please bring your own chair. For more information, call 5261 0600.

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Key Details


26 January


From 10AM


Taylor's Park
Taylor Park
Torquay VIC


Damian Waight

Event Website

Free Event

Australia Day Ambassador

Grant Monks
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Despite significant health issues and family tragedy, Grant Monks is a beacon of hope for people suffering from chronic illness around Australia. Working for Kidney Health Australia, Grant is also a mentor for multiple chronic illness peer support groups, volunteers his time to support youth offenders and is an ambassador for the Alannah & Madeleine Foundation. It’s hard to believe that Grant has spent 15 hours each week for 17 years hooked up to a dialysis machine. Grant showed signs of kidney failure when he was a baby. By the time he turned seven, he was on track to receive one of his mother’s kidneys when his father, suffering from mental illness, murdered her. Grant’s remarkably resilient spirit has helped him through foster care, kidney transplants and many health setbacks. Despite the restrictiveness of dialysis, Grant remains unwaveringly positive. His joy in living and his personal example of life achievements and community contribution motivates others to never give up.

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