4 Paws Animal Rescue founder and dedicated volunteer earns Australia Day honour
Founder and president of 4 Paws Animal Rescue Inc, and tireless volunteer, Julie Penlington was named the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Citizen of the Year at a special ceremony held today (January 24) at the Suncoast Events Centre.
Julie’s community involvement is exemplary. She dedicates more than 60 hours per week to volunteering for 4 Paws Animal Rescue and has so far found new homes for 6000 animals.
Julie is also a regular in-home visitor to elderly patients on the Sunshine Coast, providing a friendly face, assisting with chores and providing medication education.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said this year’s Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards had again highlighted the outstanding work of a number of community-focussed Sunshine Coast citizens and organisations, led by the new Citizen of the Year.
“Julie has achieved great things for our community and this award is one way we are able to show our appreciation for all of her efforts,” Mayor Jamieson said.