From the Manly Daily, a great report of a local church’s contribution to the community being recognised in a unique way.
Something really good and fruitful must be happening at C3 Oxford Falls!
WARRINGAH Council’s top citizenship awards this year were all awarded to members of the C3 Church in Oxford Falls.
Church members scooped all of the council’s major awards including the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year.
The exceptions were the 10 people who got outstanding community service awards, including the late South Narrabeen surf lifesaver Nicholas Brice and champion surfer Layne Beachley.
Josie Parata-Halo, a single mother of four, was awarded the council’s highest honour – Citizen of the Year.
Ms Parata-Halo runs the SMS Lighthouse program, which assists single mums. On SMS’s website she is described as a Christian attending C3 Church.
In a release announcing the award, Warringah Mayor Michael Regan described Ms Parato-Halo as an “inspirational character” and said her volunteer work had greatly benefited the community.
Fellow C3 member Tristian Scifo was named Young Citizen of the Year.
The 23-year-old North Manly resident has run a bi-annual leadership camp for high school students and leads a weekly support group.
The Community Event of the Year was awarded to C3-run Beyond Megafest, in recognition of the “positive education and support provided to Warringah youth”.