Looking for our Covid champions

Patrick Gorman says he’s seen a lot of good in Perth lately, like at Whipper Snapper Distillery where Alasdair Malloch’s team converted their whiskey-making operations into producing hand sanitiser.

THERE’S been a lot of flashes of good amid the Covid gloom, and federal MP for Perth Patrick Gorman says he wants to recognise locals who’ve gone above and beyond to help out their community.

“We’ve been getting a lot of feedback into the office like, ‘the IGA is being amazing’ or ‘this teacher has gone above and beyond’,” Mr Gorman said.

“During this crisis, we have seen the very best of the Perth community on display. Right now, everyone can think of someone who has gone out of their way to help others.

“And I wanted to give something to every one of those people.”

It’s not a competitive process pitting nominees against each other or judges scrutinising deeds to find a champion of champions, just anyone who’s nominated will get a certificate from Mr Gorman as a feelgood measure.

“Everyone who’s not a fake [name], like Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo, will get a certificate saying: You’re a Perth Community Champion, thank you so much.”

He’s hoping to hit at least 200 nominations, and “the more the merrier”.

“It might be a business owner who has persevered, a teacher who has juggled online teaching or even someone who has just extended the socially distant hand of friendship.”

Nominations open Thursday May 28 via http://www.patrickgormanmp.com

by DAVID BELL

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