SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Cumberland Charter Yachts' general manager Sue Gunston was invited to attend the Queensland Disaster Heroes recognition ceremony last Sunday for her efforts in helping raise funds for the Premier's disaster relief appeal last month.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Cumberland Charter Yachts' general manager Sue Gunston was invited to attend the Queensland Disaster Heroes recognition ceremony last Sunday for her efforts in helping raise funds for the Premier's disaster relief appeal last month.

Premier names Sue as disaster hero

WHITSUNDAY resident Sue Gunston was recognised last weekend

for her disaster relief efforts following Cyclone Yasi and the Queensland Floods.

Mrs Gunston was one of 3500 heroes from across the State who were acknowledged at ceremonies held state-wide as part of Queensland Week 2011.

Mrs Gunston was nominated with about 150 individuals from the Townsville region for their community initiative, bravery, courage and strength.

She was unable to attend the Queensland Disaster Heroes recognition ceremony in Townsville on Sunday where Premier Anna Bligh presented heroes with their medals.

Despite this, Mrs Gunston recalls the feelings of when she was informed of her hero status last month in a letter from the Premier.

"I laughed when I opened it because it was such a surprise," she said.

"I did feel very humble but still think there are far more worthy people than me out there who deserve it." As general manager of Cumberland Charter Yacht, Ms Gunston decided to raise funds after hearing of the terrible stories of those who had been affected by the natural disasters across Queensland.

She asked the company to contribute a boat trip which they did.

"The trip was auctioned on eBay and raised $9,000."

Ms Bligh said those who were nominated did extraordinary things under extreme circumstances and had made a huge difference to the recovery and reconstruction effort across Queensland.

"The people of North Queensland really rose to that challenge whether they were young or old," she said.

Mrs Gunston has lived in the Whitsundays and worked at Cumberland Charter Yachts for 22 years.

At the end of this month, she will leave her role for a "well-earned break".

 

for her disaster relief efforts following Cyclone Yasi and the Queensland Floods.

Mrs Gunston was one of 3500 heroes from across the State who were acknowledged at ceremonies held state-wide as part of Queensland Week 2011.

Mrs Gunston was nominated with about 150 individuals from the Townsville region for their community initiative, bravery, courage and strength.

She was unable to attend the Queensland Disaster Heroes recognition ceremony in Townsville on Sunday where Premier Anna Bligh presented heroes with their medals.

Despite this, Mrs Gunston recalls the feelings of when she was informed of her hero status last month in a letter from the Premier.

"I laughed when I opened it because it was such a surprise," she said.

"I did feel very humble but still think there are far more worthy people than me out there who deserve it." As general manager of Cumberland Charter Yacht, Ms Gunston decided to raise funds after hearing of the terrible stories of those who had been affected by the natural disasters across Queensland.

She asked the company to contribute a boat trip which they did.

"The trip was auctioned on eBay and raised $9,000."

Ms Bligh said those who were nominated did extraordinary things under extreme circumstances and had made a huge difference to the recovery and reconstruction effort across Queensland.

"The people of North Queensland really rose to that challenge whether they were young or old," she said.

Mrs Gunston has lived in the Whitsundays and worked at Cumberland Charter Yachts for 22 years.

At the end of this month, she will leave her role for a "well-earned break".


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