April 22, 2010
Each year, locals are featured on the covers of the Yellow Pages® and White Pages® directories in recognition of the contributions they make to their communities. Under the theme Courageous Australians, this year directories producer, Sensis, is recognising courageous people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to overcome adversity and help others in their time of need.
After receiving nominations from community members for the annual honour, Rochester resident, Ken Major has been selected to appear on the cover of this year’s Bendigo directory which is distributed to Bendigo, Castlemaine, Charlton, Echuca, Kerang, Kyneton, Maryborough and surrounding areas.
Born and bred in Rochester, Ken is highly regarded for his determination in overcoming a life threatening illness his courage to serve the community.
Ken is well known for his courage in serving the Rochester community, most notably from his efforts as SES controller, CFA captain St John Ambulance member and Royal Coastal Patrol volunteer which has seen him attend to and help many in life threatening situations.
Ken’s courage was again tested when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2006. Having experienced gruelling cancer treatments, Ken’s strength and ability to overcome adversity is to be admired. He has since recovered and still enjoys helping those in need whenever he can.
“I have experienced some challenging call outs. One particular instance my crew and I were called out to a young woman who was seriously injured in a car crash. Fortunately we were able to treat her on site and she survived. I’m lucky to have a great crew to support me during such incidences,” said Ken.
As well as running a building business, he was the key figure in establishing the foundations and facilities of the Rochester SES 35 years ago and continues to be on call 24/7.
Distribution of Bendigo Yellow Pages® and White Pages® is planned to start on 24 April 2010 and it will take approximately six weeks for the directories to be delivered to all households.
Sensis encourages residents and businesses to recycle their old directories. In most areas, Yellow Pages® and White Pages® can be recycled as part of normal kerbside recycling services. Visit www.recyclingnearyou.com.au to find out about recycling services in your area.
Did you know? The past three local people who appeared on the Bendigo Yellow Pages® and White Pages® cover were:
2009/10: Wedderburn resident, Judy Lorraine, appeared on the 2009/10 Yellow Pages® and White Pages® cover under the theme ‘Creative Australians: Inspiring our Communities’. Judy has been involved in the community arts projects for over 20 years, where she has established Loddon Arts Inc. as well as volunteering her time to teach ceramics at the Wedderburn Community Centre
2008/09: Craig Sobey was the cover hero for the ‘Celebrating Australian Flavour’ theme, acknowledged for founding the Central Victorian Organic Network, a representative body which promotes organic Australian products to overseas markets
2007/08: Bendigo resident, Christine Sass, was selected to appear on the ‘Champions of our Community’ cover for establishing the Central Victorian Women’s Choir, catering for women of all cultures and levels of musical experience