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Written by Aksel Ritenis


A busy volunteer and proud community leader has been honoured as the 2020 NSW Grandparent of the Year.

Robert Stark is a retired police officer from Sydney’s Northern Beaches who has been the primary carer for his 9 year old grandaughter Ruby since she was 6 months old.


Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee and Member for Wakehurst Brad Hazzard congratulated Mr Stark today at NSW Parliament House.

“The NSW Grandparent of the Year Award recognises and celebrates the amazing contribution grandparents make to their families and our society,” Mr Lee said.

“Grandparents like Robert Stark help make communities stronger with their energy and commitment and I am so happy to present him with this year’s top prize.”

Alongside caring for Ruby, Mr Stark volunteers at the Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club, Cromer Public School and the Collaroy Cromer Strikers Football Club.

“I am really pleased to be named the 2020 NSW Grandparent of the Year,” Mr Stark said.

“Throughout my life I have always strongly believed in giving back to the community so being recognised in this way is a great honour.”

Mr Stark won a Nokia smart phone with a six month 5G plan courtesy of Pennytel and a $1,000 Mitre 10 voucher courtesy of Metcash.

“We are so proud to have Mr Stark crowned Grandparent of the Year. His attitude to his community and his love and care for his granddaughter is so inspiring and he’s such a worthy winner,” Mr Hazzard said.

Grandparents Day will be celebrated across NSW this Sunday, 25th October and is an opportunity to thank our seniors for the unique part they play in supporting their families and communities.

“Whether you call them granny or gramps, nan or pop, Grandparents Day is a great opportunity to remind them how much they are appreciated,” Mr Lee said.

“This has been a challenging year for our seniors so keeping connected and showing support is especially important.”

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Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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