ASB Good as Gold is an ASB initiative recognising, rewarding and helping wonderful people in our community. We ask the public to nominate people who are making a real difference in their community, have grabbed hold of life against the odds or who really deserve help in a time of hardship. The recipients are featured on TV One’s Seven Sharp programme.
It takes a very special person to volunteer on the school patrol crossing every day for over 24 years. And yet Tommy Edgar of Tokoroa has done just that, and at 77 years of age, shows no sign of giving up his twice daily community responsibility.
In addition to this, Tommy also volunteers daily at Victoria Place Care, a resthome and palliative care facility, where his late wife resided in the two years before she passed away. There he dishes out laughter and cheer to the residents in between scooting off to do school patrol duty Tommy was nominated for ASB Good as Gold as someone “dearly loved by the community” and who refuses recognition for all the hours he puts into making a difference to Tokoroa.
Despite this, in 2013 Tommy was recognised by the local mayor when he received a Community Service Award for services to Tokoroa. But we wanted to give him something more! Tommy has two loves in his life – his community and his family. His family all moved away from Tokoroa some years ago now and time with his children and grandchildren is precious to him. So we surprised Tommy with $8,000 for him to spend on taking his whole family on a special holiday.
Do you know someone in your community who deserves recognition? Nominate them for ASB Good as Gold here.