Townsville Freemason Ron Donnellan was awarded the prestigious Order of Service to Benevolence (OSB) Jewel for his commitment to Masonic charity, in September last year.
A Freemason of some 48 years, Ron has always set an example for others, giving his time and energy to the community. His positive can-do attitude and compassion for others are what sets him apart. When presenting him with his award late last year, North Queensland District Grand Master Beresford Whyte, commended Ron for his ability to rise above any challenge and for always putting others first.
The retired teacher is probably best known for establishing the Joyful Foundation in memory of his late daughter Joy. Under Ron’s leadership, the organisation has empowered hundreds of disadvantaged primary school students across North Queensland to reach their full potential through the provision of the essentials they need to learn, such as stationery packs. They are also advocates for anti-bullying and promote a more caring environment at schools through the installation of buddy benches.
He is an inspiration to us all. Congratulations Ron!
Photo: North Queensland District Grand Master Beresford Whyte presents Ron Donnellan with his OSB Jewel, in September 2019.