Old mates celebrated

Geoff King (left) and Rocky Burnell (right, pictured with his son Bailey) both recieved Monaro Service Awards this week.

Geoff King (left) and Rocky Burnell (right, pictured with his son Bailey) both recieved Monaro Service Awards this week.

QUEANBEYAN men Geoff King and Jeffery 'Rocky' Burnell have known each other since they were boys of 13, playing cricket and footy together around Queanbeyan.

The two mates share a love of community that's seen both of them involved in a never-ending stream of fundraisers for local families doing it tough.

And on Tuesday they both received Monaro Service Awards from John Barilaro- Rocky Burnell for his work in setting up and driving the Queanbeyan Children's Special Needs Group since 1998, and Geoff King for his work with the South East Regional Academy of Sport.

They're also both part of the Walsh's Connection, a top-secret band of brothers who frequent Walsh's Hotel and plot fundraisers, community events and numerous other schemes together over a beer.

"That's our office," Rocky said. "And it's always good when we have meetings."

"We have a lot of them," Geoff added with a laugh.

However both men said they were humbled to be recognised for their community work.

"I think there's a lot more out there who should get it before me. I'm very humbled," Rocky said.

"But you don't do it for the awards. You do it because you enjoy it. It keeps us young" Geoff said.

"It does," Rocky agreed.

"Just to see the look on people's faces after we've raised a lot of money: it's sensational."

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