Gerald's award came write from the heart

ROCKHAMPTON businessman Gerald Victor has proven he is just as handy with a pen as he is with a spanner taking out a national literary award.

The Murphy's Motors owner was awarded Rotary's coveted Schaller Award last weekend in Bundaberg for a story about his humanitarian work in Papua New Guinea.

"My feet still have not touched the ground,'' he said.

"Considering I left school in Year 10 it is a pretty special thing.''

Mr Victor spent two weeks working as part of a Rotary team at a school in the town of Alatoa in PNG in 2003.

He said the award, which covered Australia and New Zealand, had only been won by a Queenslander twice in the last 20 years.

The Schaller Award is awarded to the submission that best expresses Rotary's humanitarian work overseas.

"With this year being the 100th anniversary of Rotary it is very special and an honour to be awarded the prize.''

Mr Victor said he had always had a passion for writing and was currently in the process of writing his memoirs.

He said the secret to literary success was writing from the heart. "If you write from the heart, people will recognise it.



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