Couple awarded for supporting the local community

ROTARY RECOGNITION: Denise and Matthew Howard with their Maleny Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship awards.
ROTARY RECOGNITION: Denise and Matthew Howard with their Maleny Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship awards. Lauren Grounsell

DENISE and Matthew Howard were simply helping out the community they are a part of.

They never expected their help would be formally recognised.

At a recent Maleny Rotary dinner, the Maleny Newsagency owners were presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship for their support of local community organisations.

"It's the biggest shock we have had for many years - it's just mind-blowing," Mrs Howard said.

"It was a huge honour."

The Howards are not members of the Rotary, but help out the club by selling calendars for them each year. Last year they sold 980 of them, and raffle tickets.

Rotary Club of Maleny member Chris Brooker said Paul Harris Fellowships were given to people within the community who deserve recognition for what they do.

"The Howards run a very successful small business and support just about every organisation that is around," Mr Brooker said.

"We can't list how many organisations they support - they sell raffle tickets themselves, run a roster for the front of their store for people to sell raffle tickets and stuff out the front. Their support of junior sport is phenomenal."

Mrs Howard said they enjoyed working hand in hand with the Rotary club members who gave back so much to the community.

"Rotary Maleny give $500 worth of magazines every year to Maleny Library," Mrs Howard said.



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