Country music duo awarded "Dunny" for charity work
In 1994, the Lions Club of Tamworth Peel Valley Inc. instigated an award to honour people involved in country music who have used their musical talents to give community service in a voluntary capacity.
Nominations are called from Lions Clubs throughout Australia and this year Mark Tempany and Alison Hams from South Australia were selected to receive the 21st P.V.L.C. Australian Country Music Community Service Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Mark and Alison were nominated by the Lions Club of Whyalla Mt. Laura Inc. in South Australia.
Mark and Alison, accomplished artists in their own rights, have given many year of volunteer service in co-ordinating and performing at Whyalla's "Carols in the Park", the largest free concert event in regional South Australia. The event supports charities like St. John Ambulance and S.E.S.
The duo also assist charities such as the Whyalla Cancer Support Services, Relay for Life, Uniting Church, pensioner and local aged care facilities and the Samaritan College, as well as encourage many young artists with their country music.
Mark and Alison received a distinctive mounted Tamworth "Dunny" created by local renowned ceramic artist Fred Hillier and a cheque for $500, which they have donated to Children's Medical Research Institute.