IT’S never about recognition for people such as Pina Pettinicchio, but it is always nice when a ‘giver’ receives due credit.
Earlier this month the Oceanside Little Athletics Club treasurer was acknowledged as a Local Legend in a nationwide search for difference makers by Invocare, which runs Chipper Funerals and Purslowe Funerals.
“The best part of it was winning a donation of $1000 to the charity of my choice, so I chose my son’s charity,” Ms Pettinicchio said.
Her son Vincent is a story in himself.
The 12-year-old is the name behind Vincent’s Project For The Homeless, which provides comfort packs for people sleeping rough.
In the five years since the young boy started his campaign, which is now supported by the Rotary Club of Hillarys, more than 4000 packs have been handed out across Perth.
Competition judges said Ms Pettinicchio contributed tremendously to all aspects of the Mullaloo-based athletics club beyond her position on the committee, hosting fundraisers, officiating weekly competitions and sourcing gifts and prizes for its members.
She manages to juggle voluntary commitments for little athletics with two jobs and a role on the Parents and Friends group at Whitford Catholic Primary School.
“You don’t get into a sport like little athletics without becoming involved as a parent,” the Kallaroo resident said.
“It doesn’t take a lot to be involved at some level as a parent, even if you don’t have a lot of time.
“And all the kids, not just my own, really appreciate it.”
Ms Pettinicchio also received $1000 for winning the Local Legends award, which was established to celebrate and recognise the contributions and achievements of people who had given back and made a difference in their community.
Purslowe and Chipper Funerals Subiaco location manager Carmel Markham was pleased to reward Ms Pettinicchio and to support her choice of charity for the work it does in the local community.
“When we heard of Pina’s charity work along with her humble spirit and gift of giving, there was no doubt in our minds that she was our winner,” she said.