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Sunshine Coast Daily - Tuesday 29 November 2011
Ray rewarded for keeping kids safe

RAY Brayley has taught generations of Buderim youngsters how to walk safely to school.

The Buderim resident of 44 years has been part of the Walk to School Wednesdays project since it started in 2007.

He was recently recognised for his efforts as this year's recipient of the Buderim SAFE Community Safety Award.

Mr Brayley was pleasantly surprised to learn he had been nominated for the award, let alone win.

"I walk the kids to school every week and we get to the gate and they smile and all wave and say goodbye, so for me that's a reward in itself," Mr Brayley said.

"It's good to see the regular kids each week, you get to know their faces and they all know you.

"I've only missed a few Wednesdays if I was away or sick. I think I'll keep volunteering until I fall over."

Mr Brayley has two grandchildren at Buderim Mountain State School, with the youngest soon entering Year 1 and starting his Walk to School Wednesdays program.

Besides his commitment to safe school travel, Mr Brayley has been an active part of the Buderim Central Neighbourhood Watch group for a decade.

He has been deputy area co-ordinator for three years.

Mr Brayley is also a very handy woodworker, helping create hundreds of toys for the Buderim Community Toy group, who donate the creations to local charity groups.

"I like putting something back into the community, but I suppose this is just a feather in the cap," Mr Brayley said.

Clem Sutherland was also nominated for her work as Buderim 2 Neighbourhood Watch area co-ordinator, a role she has been in since 2008.
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