ORANGE mayor John Davis and retired surgeon and cancer treatment advocate Dr Stuart Porges have been recognised for their commitment to their community with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship.
The men were presented with their awards by Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak’s outgoing president John Willing at the club’s changeover dinner on Saturday night.
“This is so humbling. I really am quite moved,” Dr Porgess said.
Dr Porges has advocated and lobbied for the provision of radiotherapy services at the Orange hospital for many years, while Cr Davis has been instrumental in bringing radiotherapy services to Orange and making it a treatment hub for the western region.
"I am very honoured,” Cr Davis said.
"I've never seen the community service we've been involved in at Blayney or in Orange for the last 12 years as a chore.
It has been something that has been thoroughly enjoyable."
Mr Willing nominated both men as worthy recipients of the award.
“John Davis would be one of the most generous people I have known who is extremely passionate about his community in the wider sense, and the work he has done to help build Western Care Lodge,” Mr Willing said.
“Stuart Porges is a man who saw a need for radiotherapy services here and was very much a driving force behind us getting that cancer treatment serv ice for Orange and the central west,” he said.
“Our club wholeheartedly congratulates both men for their efforts for their community.”