30 July, 2021
SES Volunteer nominated as QBANK Everyday Hero
LOCAL Innisfail SES volunteer member, Tristan Hardwick has been nominated for a QBANK Everyday Heroes Award.
The QBANK Everyday Heroes Awards is annual awards program that aims to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contribution of Queensland’s frontline and public service workers for their dedication and exceptional service.
There are five category award winners with each winner receiving a $1,000 cash deposit and $1,000 donated to a charity of choice.
Local nominee Tristan Hardwick joins a select group of SES members who have been nominated for the awards this year.
He explains “his aspiration in high school was to pursue a career in the emergency services, then the opportunity came in grade 11 to join the SES and that is pretty much where I started”.
“I have been with the SES since then, except for a break when I was receiving treatment for bowel cancer and starting my career”.
In addition to his position with the SES, Tristan also volunteers with the Rural Fire Service and is an ambassador for Rotary Bowel Screening QLD helping to raise awareness of bowel cancer and to support those who are suffering from or recovering from bowel cancer.
After his own journey with bowel cancer in 2017, he created an online support forum to help those suffering with the same disease.
In his time with the SES and the Rural Fire Service, Tristan has helped during numerous Australian natural disasters, from the 2019 to 2020 bushfires to the Brisbane, Grantham, Toowoomba floods in 2011, and recently the floods in Townsville.
Tristan explains “volunteering has been a great way to get to know his community better and the friends, mateship, friends and skills he has made has truly invaluable”.
QBANK is encouraging the Queensland community to recognize those who make our community a better, safer place and commemorate their efforts by nominating them for an Everyday Heroes Award at www.qbank.com.au