Keith Henning OAM, pictured with grandkids Nicholas and Lucy
TUESDAY was like any other Australia Day that Keith Henning has celebrated in the past 10 years — except for the addition of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his outstanding service to the Parramatta community.
“It was a real surprise,” said Mr Henning, of Telopea.
“I’ve nominated people before but I never thought I’d get one. It won’t change anything, life will go on. But it’s nice to be recognised.”
Mr Henning moved from Melbourne in 1966 to work at Burnside Homes for Children in Oatlands, where he spent 21 years.
He joined Parramatta Rotary in 1972, where he’s served various positions and been involved in countless projects.
He’s involved in other community and church organisations outside Rotary.
“I like being involved in the community doing things,” Mr Henning said.
He lost son David, 39, to suicide in December 2005.
“His death was very unexpected and shocked the family beyond words,” Mr Henning said.
The David Henning Memorial Foundation was founded the following year.
Beneficiaries include Fred Hollows Foundation, Parramatta Mission Uniting Church, Doctors without Borders, Wesley Mission Lifeforce; St Peters Junior School in Northern Uganda; and four scholarships for PhD students undertaking medical research.
Mr Henning paid tribute to the support of wife Glennis which “allowed me to do what I’ve achieved”.
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