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Navy Vet and treasured volunteer honoured with Stonehaven Medal

Daryl Walton has been recognised for his charitable efforts. Photo: Supplied

NAVY Veteran and RSLWA volunteer Daryl Walton has been honoured with this year’s Tingira Stonehaven Medal, in recognition of his unwavering dedication to community service.

Daryl’s commitment to causes that resonate is a credit to his family and the charities that he continually represents, according to the Tingira Australia Association, which honoured him with the award.

“This is just unbelievable, I did not see this coming,” said Daryl.

Family, friends and Tingira members saw Daryl presented with the award by Tingira National Secretary Mark Lee at the Tradewinds Hotel in Fremantle.

Its origins stretch back to 1926 when then-governor general Lord Stonehaven presented the Stonehaven Shield to the best divisional intake of the 15-year-old Navy boys on board the training ship HMAS Tingira, in Rose Bay, Sydney.

Daryl first pulled on his bell bottom uniform in 1981 as a 15-year-old Tingira Boy at HMAS Leeuwin, Fremantle.

Here are some of the charities that have benefited from Daryl’s help:

RSLWA – ANZAC and Poppy Appeals, 2015-18, undertaking weekend activities with other Veterans for our national appeal.

Cancer Council – Daffodil Day – Since finding out best mate and fellow Junior Recruit Steve Blasdale had terminal cancer with only weeks to live in 2018, Daryl volunteered to support Daffodil Day in the shopping centres from open to close. Over the first two years he raised just under $4000; and

Relay for Life – Raising upwards of $4000 for the run his friend was passionate about.

The Salvation Army – Perth Bikers Charity Christmas Ride and Mandurah Motorcycles Charity Christmas Ride. Supporting these charities to donate toys and cash for needy families at Christmas.

Other causes to benefit include the Make a Wish Foundation, Red Nose Day, World’s Greatest Shave and Bright Blue Police Commissioner’s Fund for Sick Kids.

Well done, Daryl …. People like you make the world a much better place.

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