Regional Hospitaller, Danny Higgins awarded Community Leader Award
Community-minded: Catholic Church Insurance regional manager Hugh Easton (left) presents Danny Higgins with the Community Leader of the Year Award 2019. Credit: Catholic Leader.
Original article published in Catholic Leader, November 21, 2019
COMMUNITY Leader of the Year award winner Danny Higgins said he draws his strength from Christ’s example as he ministers to those who suffer from poor mental health.
“That comes directly from Christ,” the Knight-Hospitaller of the Order of Malta who does chaplaincy work in hospitals said.
“Every story in the Gospels is about Christ challenging the norm of the day and going to people who everybody else had written off – the leper, the tax collector, the examples are just all the way through the Gospel.
“I take that very much to heart.
“It’s one of the reasons why mental health has always been an important thing for me, because if you’re going to find people who are poor and sick, the mental health area is where you’ll find them.”
Community-minded: Catholic Church Insurance regional manager Hugh Easton (left) presents Danny Higgins with the Community Leader of the Year Award 2019.
Mr Higgins said he was stunned when he was announced the winner of his category at The Community Leader Awards 2019 held at Australian Catholic University Banyo campus on November 14.
He said the other two candidates had remarkable accolades too.
“I’m thrilled for my organisation (the Order of Malta),” he said.
He said the 900-year-old history of the order was based on recognising the less fortunate were “Christ to us”.
Learn more about the other Community Award winners: https://catholicleader.com.au/news/community-leader-award-winners-shocked-stunned-and-surprised-to-be-honoured