Dr Kenneth Collins AM

Community contributor

WAState RecipientSenior Australian of the Year2007

Dr Collins has dedicated his life to helping others as a medical practitioner and through volunteer service in a range of civic organisations. Indeed, his community service began when he was a young schoolboy. As far back as 1945 Ken was the top fund raiser for his school’s war eff ort. Throughout his teens and into his thirties he served the community through various church activities and then in his forties he began his long association with Rotary as a volunteer and leader. This was on top of his working long days in general practice. In 1980, Ken single-handedly set up Rotary’s major fundraiser in WA in the form of a Sunday market, raising more than $3 million for community projects. His service has extended to overseas humanitarian projects and contributions to innumerable committees and organisations, yet still he fi nds time to play Santa each December for kids and old folk.