Robert Smith as a young child.
Robert Smith as a young child. contributed

Robert peels off after 50 years at Endeavour Foundation

ROBERT Smith will have his cake and eat it too after more than five decades of packing onions at the Endeavour Foundation.

During his time at Endeavour, Robert couldn't be swayed to swap jobs as packing the onions was what he loved.

Now 50 years later, Robert has packed his last onion bulb and is hanging up his high-vis shirt for the last time.

Robert was just 8-years-old at the opening of Bright Horizons School at Bundaberg in 1960.

He was one of the longest serving members.

The centre later changed its name to the Endeavour Foundation and has helped a number of Bundaberg's disabled population.

 

 

CELEBRATION: Robert Smith celebrates  retirement.
CELEBRATION: Robert Smith celebrates retirement. Mike Knott BUN121217SMITH2

 

As Robert celebrated his last day of work, his friends and family reminisced about his time at the Endeavour Foundation.

His sister Elaine Kerr said he will now enjoy his days and thanked everyone who helped her brother become the man he was today.

"He was starved of oxygen at two-and-a-half years of age," she said.

"But our parents never let anything or anyone hold him back.

"He is going to enjoy retirement and he finally gets to be lazy."

Elaine said by attending the Endeavour Foundation Robert was able to build some independence, along with strong relationships, that will last a lifetime.

"We just want to thank everyone who helped Robert thrive," she said.

"He will miss all of you very much."



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