It’s a milestone not many hear of, especially when it comes to working for a charity.
But Trundle man John Kearney has just clocked up 70 years of service with St Vincent de Paul Society.
John also celebrated a personal milestone on Thursday, September 15, turning 90 years old.
Which means John has dedicated most of his life to St Vincent de Paul, starting out with the Society at the tender age of 20.
John is a member of St Michael’s Conference in Trundle, which is part of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
John has been a very active member of the Society, holding positions of conference president and treasurer over the years.
The Trundle Conference had started to dwindle in recent times to just a few members, with John being responsible for all client assistance and the associated paperwork.
He has been instrumental over the last 12 months in the recruitment and training of new members to ensure the continuation of the Conference in Trundle.
Last year John was awarded life membership with the St Vincent de Paul Society.
John’s 70 years of service was celebrated on Thursday, September 8 at the Trundle Services Club with some of his family, Trundle Conference members and members and staff of the Wilcannia Forbes Central Council of the Society.
A lovely lunch was shared and a presentation was made to John, congratulating him on his passion, enthusiasm and dedication to living the mission of the Society within the town of Trundle.
John has made a big impact on many people within the community who have required the assistance of the Society, to help them get through difficult times.
For his 90th birthday, he celebrated with family at a lunch at the Parkes Services Club and then partied the night away at his 90th birthday party on Saturday night at the Coachman Hotel with family and friends, who travelled from Queensland and Sydney.
To this day, John continues to be an active conference member.
He attends regular local meetings and represents Trundle at regional meetings.