The road to national recognition races through Moora

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Posted on 03/02/2023

Country Doctor Makes Australia Proud – a life of service rightfully recognised

Many great individuals dedicate their life to the service of others and YouthCARE is proud to have many people of such selfless spirit supporting our organisation. Recently one of these inspirational individuals was nationally recognised on the Australia Day Honours List for the incredible work they have done for their community.

It brings YouthCARE great honour to announce our very own, Chairman of the Central Midlands YouthCARE Council, Dr Bernard Chapman who was awarded an Order of Australia in the Governor General’s Honours List for services to health.

Graduating from university and marrying his wife Julie, Dr Chapman headed northwest to the wheatbelt town of Moora, where a career spanning more then 20 years would be ahead of him as the much-loved local GP.

Today Dr Chapman is one of YouthCARE’s greatest supporters. Having seen the need to support YouthCARE important role in his town, a role that had been in place since YouthCARE placed one of its first ever chaplains in Moora in the 1970’s, Mr Chapman made it his mission to raise much needed funds to assist our great work.

With the new Moora Hospital taking shape, Dr Chapman jumped at the idea to repurpose the old hospitals beds to create the annual “Moora Bed Race”. A fantastic event that this year has been declared the town’s event of the year by the Moora Shire, which raises significant funds to support the two local school chaplains.

Last year YouthCARE was pleased to be in attendance alongside our local area Chaplain Jon Spurgeon, to take part in the race which is enthusiastically supported by the township of Moora and featured the West Coast Eagles.

YouthCARE acknowledges this incredible event is just one testament to the impact Dr Chapman has had on his community. We join the town of Moora and surrounding areas in thanking Dr Chapman for the many years of service he has given to our organisation and the broader community at large.

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