Fred and Cee Utz receive a Flight Centre gift voucher for their efforts in the community.
Fred and Cee Utz receive a Flight Centre gift voucher for their efforts in the community. Georja Ryan

Just reward for dedicated couple

SOME choose to sail through life, keeping to themselves and staying under the radar.

For Cee and Fred Utz, this is definitely not the case.

The pair from Leyburn have hearts larger than life itself, and finally it's their turn get something in return.

Mr and Mrs Utz are the proud owners of a $1500 Flight Centre gift voucher from the Great Northern Brewing Company and the Daily News for their tireless efforts during the 2011 floods and their continuous work in the community.

"We didn't see what we did as anything special," Mrs Utz said.

When the floods inundated Leyburn, Mr and Mrs Utz were the first to put their hands up to help.

Mrs Utz prepared hampers, beds, backpacks and went out of her way to ensure the people of Leyburn were safe and looked after.

She is not only a member of the rural fire brigade and the SES, but has started up her own Care and Share organisation alongside her friend and fellow do-gooder Christel Hetherington, among other things.

"If you don't have people to pick up the slack, it's not going to happen," Mrs Utz said.

"If we can fill a void and avoid hassles, we will."

"Maybe I'm a bit of a softy, but if there is a need there, we will do it," she said.

Mrs Hetherington said it was Mrs Utz's attitude that made things happen.

"I would say 'I don't think we can do that' and she would say 'yes we can'," Mrs Hetherington said.

But, sadly, even the best of people can fall victim to illness.

Mr Utz was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder, prostate, kidney and gall bladder and now spends five days a week in Toowoomba for chemotherapy.

Doctors have given him four to six months to live.

Mrs Utz said the gift voucher would allow them to visit a dear friend.

"It would just mean the world to Fred," she said.

When Mrs Utz was handed the $1500 gift voucher, tears welled in her eyes - she could not believe she was entitled to such a gift.


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