Tasmanian Churchill Fellow Awarded OAM
13 Jun 2018
William Lovering of Sorell has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the community.
William was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1979, enabling him to travel to USA, Canada and Sweden to study developments in the prevention, care and rehabilitation of homeless alcoholics.
The recent award recognises William's work with homeless people at Tweed Heads, NSW, where he lived for six months of each year for several years. The former Hydro Tasmania systems operator and chairman of Bethlehem House co-founded a program for homeless people at Tweed Heads called the Our Lady of the Rosary Outreach Lunch with Friends, which feeds up to 100 people twice a week. "I'm 86 and I didn't think anything like this would come to me at my age," Mr Lovering said.
"What started as a barbeque in the park for homeless people has developed into a drop-in centre for the homeless and for people living in poverty who are on the edge of homelessness."
Congratulations to William on receiving this honor!