The first reaction of many of us when confronted by Covid 19 is to recoil in abject horror and to beat a hasty and prudent retreat.
Covid created a pandemic the like of which the World hasn`t seen since the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918, which killed millions. It`s a pervasive, relentless, opportunistic pitiless foe. As a virus it knows nothing and respects no one, as unchecked it`s a marauder and a destroyer of human life, which we hold so dear. It has cut a deadly swathe irrespective of rich or poor. Each and every one of us knows someone whom it`s taken to death`s door or beyond that portal on the path of no return.
It takes a very special sort of person, imbued with a very special braveheart reinforced by sheer courage, to stand in its face and defiantly work to overcome and defeat it. In so doing that individual is daily risking their very own life, to save others. There is no greater steadfast courage. That person is a fighter and a champion of humanity.
Samantha Bulner is just that person. She has weighed the risks and determined to be a life saver. We at the World Boxing Council, marvel at her selfless courage and her persistence to see her duties and her vocation through all the way to the conclusion. We award Samantha with a Heroine of Humanity Award. There are people whose lives she has saved, who would not be with us and their families today, but for her determination to help them in their hour of need.
The crisis of a pandemic brings out the very best in some of us. It defines those people as beacons of hope and enablers, who are redressing the balance, so we can and we will fight to victory. What better place to achieve such and important part of that battle than in Victoria. We salute you Samantha, who together with your family who`ve seen this through and emerged triumphant.
The greatest words belong to Samantha herself, as only she herself knows what she`s been through, what it`s taken and how much sacrifice its taken from herself and her team. She writes:
Trust you and your family are all well.
After 2 years of Managing the Covid Testing Site, Friday 27th May we close down the site and no more PCR testing. Hopefully it’s a good sign that the community is now testing at home with the rapid antigen tests and isolating when required.
It has been a rewarding two years during which I was able to serve the community and be one of the highest performing sites of the department of health in Victoria.
I wish to thank you for your continuous support and what you did to thank and acknowledge our Commander Jeroen Weimar.