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Chris Christostomos
Valued volunteer Chris Christostomos

Chris Chrisostomos, a Murwillumbah resident who has devoted more than 50 years to making the Tweed a better place, has been selected to appear on the cover of this year’s Lismore phonebook, currently being distributed throughout the region.

This year’s Covers Program theme, A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, recognises Chris for his volunteer work with the Murwillumbah Army Cadets, Banana Festival and Murwillumbah State Emergency Service (SES).

Born in Cyprus, Chris moved to the Tweed at the age of three and started volunteering in his teens as a surf life saver. As a member of Apex and Rotary for many years, he contributed to many projects that boosted the region

In 1994, he helped start the Murwillumbah Army Cadets to provide discipline and life skills for local youth. As commanding officer for 14 years, Chris led the growth of the organisation and now serves as its training officer.

Committed to his community, Chris stepped in to save the Tweed’s iconic Banana Festival during tough times in 2005. As volunteer president, he turned the event around, which is now in its 56th year and raises $25,000 annually for local charities.

Chris currently fills his time as the volunteer controller of the Murwillumbah SES. On call 24/7, he manages the unit’s response during floods, storms and tsunamis.

‘I love my community and have always found great satisfaction in giving back to it. I don’t do it for praise or accolades, so this recognition by Sensis is very humbling,’ Chris said.

Each year, Sensis, the publisher of the White Pages and Yellow Pages, recognises the efforts of local people in their communities by celebrating their achievements on the covers of its books.

The theme for this year’s covers, A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, was inspired by the thousands of Australians who go above and beyond to help someone in need, or their local community when times are tough.


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