The text of Kerstin’s nomination for the 2017 community award read as follows:
“Kerstin is a founding member and current chairperson of the Bodhgaya Development Association, a Brisbane-based NGO that has since 1991 supported a free school—the Prajna Vihar School—for 600 children from low income families in Bodhgaya, Bihar State, India. Kerstin has generously shared her exceptional set of skills to serve the school in many different ways. She has been a regular visitor, using her 20-years experience as a senior high school teacher to provide in-service training for the PVS teachers. She has conducted two working holidays in Bodhgaya for groups of PVS supporters, with a third tour planned in 2017. She has been a tireless fund-raiser for BDA, which supplies about a third of the capital and running costs for the school. (All money donated to BDA goes directly to the school.) Beginning in 2007, Kerstin invited students from Cannon Hill and Seven Hills state schools to exchange letters with students at PVS. Although intermittent, these letters have been a great source of delight for students at both ends. Kerstin’s enthusiasm has inspired hundreds of PVS supporters over the years, and her drive and energy were key factors in a major upgrade of the BDA website in 2017: http://www.bdainc.org.au/about-bda”
In a short speech Di Farmer told the gathering her Queensland Day awards had uncovered a voluntary community of extraordinary diversity, dedication and energy which she had only previously been vaguely aware of. It had made her very proud to be the member for Bulimba. Her office had received over a hundred nominations which had been evaluated by an independent committee. Every nominee had been awarded a certificate signed by her and the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, where possible in a public ceremony, as a way of honouring their particular contribution.
Twelfth Night Theater for the Doris Day Show.
The winning tickets were drawn yesterday afternoon at 2pm on the premises of the Department of Education and Training C2C building in Coorparoo with 7 witnesses present.
All monies raised fund the various projects the Bodhgaya Development Association supports.