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State Government award for two of our volunteers

Congratulations to Dot and Bill Harris, two of MercyCare’s longest serving volunteers, who received a WA award at a ceremony in Parliament House from Seniors and Volunteering Minister, Tony Simpson, acknowledging their incredible devotion for over 50 years of voluntary service.

The husband and wife duo first became involved with MercyCare in 1964, when Bill offered to help work on the boilers which supplied water to the orphanage that the organisation then operated. 

From that point on, there’s little the pair haven’t turned their hand to over the years, helping out whenever and wherever help is called for, all in between juggling their own business and raising their four children.

Fifty years on, Dot and Bill continue to be regulars at MercyCare’s Early Learning Centre, where they play a grandparent role reading books, helping fix toys and telling stories.

MercyCare Chief Executive Officer Chris Hall congratulated the Harris’ on receiving the high-profile accolade.

"The 50 Years of Service Badge is a much-deserved honour for Dot and Bill, whose tireless contribution to the community over the years warrants recognition and reward," he said.

"MercyCare wouldn’t be what we are today without the support of all our volunteers, Dot and Bill included, who we can’t thank enough for their ongoing volunteering over the past half-century."