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Springfield heroes take out international award

Rotary Club of Springfield past president Chris Steinback with Paul Harris Fellow recipients Jak Jaessen (left) and Pastor Phil Cutcliffe (right).
Rotary Club of Springfield past president Chris Steinback with Paul Harris Fellow recipients Jak Jaessen (left) and Pastor Phil Cutcliffe (right).

TWO Springfield heroes have been recognised for their humanitarian service to their community with a prestigious international award.

Pastor Phil Cutcliffe and Jak Jaessen were named Paul Harris Fellows at the recent Rotary Club of Springfield annual changeover function at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club last month.

Rotary Club of Springfield past president Chris Steinback said both recipients were extremely worthy of the award and had shown a real commitment to serving their community.

"Phil Cutcliffe is a Pastor at the local Springfield Christian Family and Director of Westside Community Care, both of which he pioneered some 20 years ago," Mr Steinback said.

"He is also a regular participant in local Springfield community events and has been for some time and is forever involved in organising events, fundraisers and appeals.

"Phil also has a dedication to the Rotary ideals of service above self and is passionate and committed to this community which we all enjoy."

Springfield Lakes resident Jak Jaessen was the second recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition award and whose deeds Mr Steinback said epitomised the purpose of service above self.

"Jak declared after a life-saving quadruple bypass a few years ago that he would dedicate his life to raising money for medical research," Mr Steinback said.

"He has since raised over $60,000 for QIMR Berghofer Medical Research which he is now an ambassador for, over $165,000 for the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital and over $750,000 for medical research and other charities.

"Jak has also raised money for a young man suffering leukaemia and set up the Jak Vaessen Trust which not only supported medical research, but was able to sponsor the 2015 Adolescent and Mental Health Symposium."

The Paul Harris Fellow is named after Rotary founder Paul Harris and was established in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution made to the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Club of Greater Springfield meets every Thursday at 6.30pm at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club, 1 Tournament Drive, Brookwater.

For enquiries, contact Club President Regina Balachandran on 0409 490 899.


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