Ann McLeish

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Ann McLeish

Ann McLeish is one of those people who inspires with her boundless energy and unceasing contribution to the lives of others. About to embark on yet another epic walk to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor, she is currently canvassing all local organisations and citizens for their support. This time, walking from Narrogin to Newdegate, having already raised $194,000 in donations in previous marathons from Narrogin to Perth and Narrogin to Albany, this time she is aiming to raise $200,000 to assist our unique mercy flight operators in the RFDS.

Ann's fund raising activities began early when, as an 8 year old and in the years 1952-1956, she collected for Junior Red Cross. As a mother of three supporting her children's interests and those of their schools, Ann's contribution to community has grown to being a Brownie Leader 1974-1980, working at the Op Shop to raise money for school, being an Ambulance volunteer, and helping with Meals on Wheels. She is a foundation member of Lions and is still a member after 23 years. On the Relay for Life committee for the years 2005-2012, she has also collected for the Salvo's, Pink Ribbon Day and Daffodil Day.
Given the Pearce Australia Day Award for her community service, Ann has since received the RFDS Spirit of the West Award in 2012 and in the same year, the Narrogin Citizenship Award.

Ann will leave Narrogin on 27th August 2020 to walk to Newdegate, rain or shine. When asked what she would do in inclement weather, she said "keep walking."
Her support crew driver is friend Gary and her sister Rosemary, with her partner Lawrie. Rosemary has committed to walking some of the way with her. Through the towns of Dumbleyoung and Lake Grace, Ann will have a police escort and some of the town's school children will walk beside her. She expects to arrive in Newdegate on Sept 4th.
"What else can you do when other fund-raising opportunities are unavailable due to the shut downs of fairs and festivals in the current Covid crisis?" she asks.

Now a grandmother of eight and great grandmother of six, Ann continues to give of her best, still finding time to knit cardigans and beanies for premature babies at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Feeling dubious about being made a fuss of, Ann believes what she does is what needs to be done; "you work for your family and community."


Unsung Heroes
Revealing the remarkable in seemly ordinary people


Portrait painted by Graham Smith 2020.
Text compiled by Jan Smith from notes provided with the nomination in 2020.

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