Recognising creativity, innovation, passion and teamwork at Mardi Gras
In recieving their Lifetime Achievement Awards at this year's Mardi Gras Awards, prominent community figures Kevin 'Kabi' Rigby and Steph Sands pay tribute to the many others they've work with along the way. Cec Busby reports.
Mardi Gras paid tribute to its volunteers and community members at the 2014 Mardi Gras Awards at the Beresford Hotel last Monday.
Amongst those honoured were former Mardi Gras co-chair Steph Sands, and creative and philanthropic powerhouse Kevin ‘Kabi’ Rigby, who both received Lifetime Achievement Awards.
While Sands said it was a great honour to receive the award, she stressed the support she’d had from many volunteers.
“It’s a great honour to receive an award such as this in the company of so many who have worked tirelessly for the betterment of this organisation,” Sands told SX. “However, we do not receive awards like this solely on our own. For every moment I have volunteered for Mardi Gras there have been people working alongside me.”
Rigby acknowledged the honour of the award but saw his work with Mardi Gras as being a community effort.
“I am pleased that this is recognition for 26 years of the creativity, passion and wit of hundreds, possibly even a thousand, participants of ethel yarwood enterprises projects,” he told SX.
"This award says more about what is important to them and how they view the world and what their reasons are to be involved in Mardi Gras. It begs the question for all of us: 'When it comes to Mardi Gras what is our motivation?'"
Photo: Kevin 'Kabi' Rigby and Steph Sands. Photo: Cec Busby