23rd August 2023
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I would like to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Isaac Bliss from Cooranbong, who consistently strives to help the most vulnerable members of the Lake Macquarie community. Isaac joined Southlakes Incorporated back in 2015 and has become an indispensable team member and volunteer with the charity organisation. He frequently goes above and beyond to help clients, doing everything from staying back after the foodbank has closed to talk to people who are feeling lonely, to driving donations to homeless shelters across the state without complaint. There is nothing Isaac won't do for his community. When Isaac was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 one of his main concerns was that he was unable to come in and help at the foodbank for the 10 months he was undergoing treatment. Similarly, Isaac was distraught during the Covid 19 pandemic when he couldn't volunteer due to being immunocompromised after finishing radiation. I have had the privilege of meeting with Isaac on several occasions, he is truly a meticulous and compassionate young man. I thank Isaac for all that he has done and continues to do for the Lake Macquarie community.