The Business Council of Australia partnered with The Australian to promote an engagement campaign called The Biggies showcasing entrants and finalists across NewsCorp platforms. The Big Heart award in that campaign recognises an individual or a team "that has gone to extraordinary lengths to help those in need. The award is all about going above and beyond in the community." John Appleby, who was last night announced as the winner.
Congratulations to John and his team for the recognition of their efforts, joining the ranks of the hundreds of community members across the region who also stepped up to do whatever was required at the time under the harrowing conditions most of us witnessed and endured.
John's testimonial below rings true of so many others in our community. “Despite the adversity John and his team faced – fires raging around the area, no electricity, no phone service, roads in and out of the area blocked – he selflessly continued to operate his stores so that he could feed his community.’’ Peter Volf, the Chief Inspector of Police for the Bega Valley Sector of the South Coast District