Community hero lauded

2015-11-25 06:23

ONE of the Community Crime Policing­ Organisation’s initiators, George Snodey, was given a Community Hero award by My Sapphire CommUnity at an award ceremony on 17 November at Hutchison Park.
Snodey, who was seriously injured in an accident a few months ago, has had extensive surgery, but is now on the mend.

“Tonight is George’s night and we are here to celebrate this community hero who puts the safety of others first,” said Amanzimtoti Sport Centre chairman, Craig Chamier. He said the My Sapphire CommUnity aims to get the community to work as one.

“Tonight is a special night. When I look at the banner of My Sapphire CommUnity it reminds me of how my late brother Bruce fought for our coastline to be branded the Sapphire Coast. Bruce wanted to make a difference ... and George is the same, he takes a baton and runs with it,” said former CCPO chairman, George Lithgow­.

Lithgow lauded Snodey for saving the life of a policeman at Seadoone Mall. “George did not need to [get involved], it was a police function, but he went in and saved someone’s life. We need more individuals [like him] who can turn our country around.”

Snodey thanked everyone for taking the time out to attend the ceremony. He said he considered the accident in the same way as an injury when one gets shot.
“You just have to get up and live with it. Through years of playing rugby one learns you can get serious injuries and you have to take time to heal,” he said.

Referring to Glynis Rathbone, who initiated the award, Snodey said: “I told Glynis I don’t need an award, but she insisted.

“Thanks to Elaine Woodhouse [Snodey’s secretary], who dealt with the hospitals and doctors, and thank you to her husband Trevor. I think she has spent more time sorting out things for me, rather than him lately. Wives of the rugby club members drew up a meal roster so I have had meals every day since I've been back home. I am extremely grateful for the support,” he said.

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