by S Lowe 5THE FM’s newsonline wattlerangenow
The MBCA Community Spirit Award is a new award created by the MBCA to recognise the generosity of a well-known businessman, the late Mr Bob Foster, who earned a wonderful reputation for his generosity in supporting the community throughout his lifetime. A man who felt so blessed in 1947 to own his own business, decided he would continually seek to bless others through this business. It was a decision he lived by during his entire lifetime and whose generosity has helped so many – over many decades.
This award will be sponsored by Foster’s Foodland, in future years, in memory of their founder, affectionately known as ‘boss’.
In a surprise twist on the night of the awards, it was announced that the MBCA’s Inaugural Community Spirit Award was to be sponsored this year by the Millicent Business Community Association as the panel had determined, “there was no alternative than to award it to the business that has set the bench mark for us all to aspire to”.
The MBCA Inaugural Community Spirit Award was awarded to FOSTER’S FOODLAND Pty Ltd.
Brian Foster had been invited by the MBCA to present the award to the winner but instead, a surprised Brian and Cathy Foster were presented with the Inaurgural Award in recognition of Brian’s father’s commitment to this community over 67 years in business, and his legacy that has inspired a second generation through Brian and in more recent times, a third generation through David to continue the family business in Millicent; a business that has successfully spanned 68 years since it’s early beginnings in Rendelsham.
On accepting the award Brian said his father would be humbled that such an award had been created in his memory. Brian said in acknowledging his father’s achievements, his mother did everything else so that his father could just work and run the business; a partnership that together achieved a great deal.
Each year the MBCA , through the judging panel, will seek to recognise a business, which through their exemplary actions deserves to be recognised for their commitment to community.
Mrs Beryl Foster attended the event with her daughter Pam and son in law Alan Crowe, son Brian and daughter in law Cathy, and was presented with a sheath of flowers as a token of appreciation for all she and her late husband have done for the community and to wish her a belated 90th birthday which she celebrated a few weeks ago. Mrs Foster said she was overwhelmed by the award in her husbands memory and very appreciative of the flowers and best wishes.
Photos:- Lucy Pretty, Steve Chapple Photography