Community commitment recognised with national award - Elders Rural Services

Community commitment recognised with national award

Elders Biloela’s branch manager, Randall Spann has been recognised with the Company’s monthly One Elders award for Operational Performance for his commitment to the community and the Biloela Men’s Shed.

Having been with Elders for over just five years, Mr Spann completed the Company’s Future Leaders Program which challenged him to not only promote Elders within the community but also enhance the culture within the branch.

Mr Spann became involved in the local men’s shed, one of almost 1000 Men’s Sheds across Australia, which is a not-for-profit organisation to reduce social isolation and provide men with an opportunity to work on projects and discuss health issues in a pressure free-environment.

The award especially recognises Mr Spann’s contribution to the Men’s Shed fundraising event, which saw him organise a dinner and the charity auction items. The event was a huge success with over $8,000 raised.

The money raised will go back into the Biloela Men’s Shed to assist in bringing speakers to the community to speak about key topics such as mental health and prostate cancer.

“We raised an excellent amount of money at last year’s event, and the bookings are already rolling in for this year’s event!” Mr Spann said.

Mr Spann mentioned that the One Elders Award was a shock, but was pleased to be recognised for Elders’ involvement in the local Biloela community.

“In a rural area mental health is a big problem and that was the main reason I decided to get behind it and see what we could do to help,” Mr Spann explained.

Elders’ area manager, Adrian Reck says Randall’s involvement in the Biloela Men’s Shed has increased awareness for the Elders brand within the community.

“It is great to see Randall recognised for his efforts, he does a lot for the area and it’s a fantastic cause for us to support,” Mr Reck said.

Mr Spann will be invited to attend the annual One Elders awards night in December with the opportunity to win the overall operational performance award for 2017.