Humbled pair awarded OAM
BETWEEN them Rockhampton’s Clyde and Diana Wode have spent more than 50 years helping others in the community.
Today the husband-and-wife team has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list with the awarding of Order of Australia medals.
They have been joined by well-known businessman Gerald Victor as the region’s 2011 recipients.
A humbled Clyde and Diana yesterday said they were surprised by the honour.
They thanked those who had volunteered alongside them over the years for all their support.
“We’ve never done anything expecting something like this too happen,” Clyde said from the couple’s North Rockhampton home.
Diana thanked her mother, who she said had raised five girls on her own, instilling in them the value of caring for others.
“I often say to Mum, if only she had the support that is around today,” she said.
“That is a part in my push to help because I saw how hard she did things.”
The Wodes were recognised for their service to the community through Anglicare Central Queensland – an organisation that has played a major part in their lives since the early to mid-1980s.
They have both also been key figures in Nerimbera Brothers Football Club since 1980.
With Anglicare Clyde and Diana contributed to the establishment of the organisation.
They co-ordinate the group’s annual cent sale, Christmas wrap fundraiser and hamper appeal.
They are also involved with Anglicare’s housing program and the Winna-Burra Program.
An example of their tireless efforts in helping others came during this year’s floods.
Then they spent countless hours helping make up 1000 packs for flood-affected students, which they then helped deliver.
Diana and Clyde said they believed in Anglicare’s purpose to help those in need.