John (82) finds joy in giving back

Act-Belong-Commit senior award recipient John Warrington (82) celebrates his win at the Subiaco Community Centre.
Act-Belong-Commit senior award recipient John Warrington (82) celebrates his win at the Subiaco Community Centre.

‘No matter what time of year, I always have something lined up on my calendar to keep me busy and feeling sharp,’ the 82-year-old said.

‘There is no use to sitting at home wasting time watching the giggle box.

‘My trick to staying young is to keep on moving, helping people and making friends.

‘You need to make a commitment and say, ‘I’m going to tackle this day head-on and get things done’.’

To celebrate Mental Health Week on October 9, Mental Health Minister Helen Morton awarded Mr Warrington first place at the Act-Belong-Commit Awards in the senior category.

Mentally Healthy WA promotion officer Sarah Graham said Mr Warrington was an exceptional community member who went ‘above and beyond’ with his previous 10 years volunteering for Meals on Wheels and serving lunch daily at the Subiaco Community Centre.

‘People who know John describe him as a cheerful person with a helpful nature,’ Ms Graham said.

‘He never lets a day pass without putting a smile on someone’s face, taking the time to hear people out and lend a helping hand.’

Born at King Edward Memorial Hospital, educated at Subiaco Primary School and having worked three decades as a boilermaker at the old Hume Steel factory in Hay Street, Mr Warrington said he was proudly a Subiaco local ‘through and through.’

‘Subiaco has a grand old history and I’m very pleased to have witnessed part of it,’ he said.

Commenting on his award, he said: ‘This is a marvellous place to live and so it is wonderful to give back to my community.’