"I was involved in a lot of things. I used to coordinate the maintenance at church and I’d be going to all the meetings. But then when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer I stopped everything because the professor said, “Look, you need to clear yourself.”
So I said, right. I’ve cancelled everything. I’ve got no commitments at all.
And so when the treatment was over, the last radiologists comment was, “Well, Bill, back to normal?”
And I said, “No, I’m not going to do anything normal. I’m going to make use of my new lease on life.”
I thought, OK. The three grandchildren up here ... their mother needs to be away two or three nights a week (sometimes more) for work. So, her mother looks after them or we have them occasionally. And so I thought, I want to get involved in their lives and the best way I can do it is to join the P&C at Ellalong.
My wife was talking to my daughter on the phone while I was at the meeting and she said, “Dad’s gone to the P&C meeting. I bet he comes home president.” And I walked in the door and she said, “President?”
I said, “Yeah.”
We’ve been doing a lot of work in the canteen and I arranged a meeting with Clayton Barr because the school was lacking a lot of proper toilet facilities and all sorts of things. I’ve still got a copy of the letter he sent to me with all of these photographs that he sent to the minister saying it was disgusting, etc. And I was so pleased cause then he sent me a little note saying it looks like we’re getting somewhere.
So, anyway, we’re in the throes of getting a new brick toilet block up there. And a lot of painting has been done.
It’s nice. I feel connected, because I’m out there talking to people."