2018 Michael Chin Humanitarian Award
Dr. Michael Chin, a long serving General Practitioner in the Karrinyup area, was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Karrinyup serving the Club in various roles and was the first member of our Club to be named a Paul Harris Fellow. He passed away in 1998. The Michael Chin Humanitarian Award was created in 2000 to honour outstanding individuals, who serve the community and those in need, for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Recipients are people whose daily dedication and caregiving epitomises the highest standard of quality and personal commitment.
This year’s recipient is Elizabeth (Beppie) de Kuyer, a dedicated volunteer at 'Wheelchairs for Kids', the signature project of RC Scarborough based in Wangarra, which has provided over 40,000 rough terrain wheelchairs to children in need in under-resourced countries throughout the world.
Beppie started volunteering at 'Wheelchairs for Kids' while still working as a primary school teacher and attended after school and on weekends. When she retired, Beppie volunteered five days a week. Over time she has taken on each and every task that needed doing, including overseeing the operation of supplying the 2,500 odd material covers for the wheelchairs. The covers are produced by over 70 ladies. She also acts as secretary to the workshop manager, helps with the morning teas and at times visits primary schools to promote fundraising. When the workshops shuts down over the Christmas break, Beppie can be seen painting and renovating the office and tea room.
Beppie is truly a well deserved recipient of the Michael Chin Humanitarian Award.