GENEROUS and willing to help is how some of Australia’s newest citizens describe the people of Emerald.
Anton and Chris David with their two sons, Miguel and Vinzent, and daughter Teehee, earlier this month received Australian citizenship after they moved from the Philippines in 2006.
Anton had been sponsored as a restaurant manager, and with the whole family, moved to Emerald. But Anton’s job took a turn for the worse and what followed was hard months as Anton tried to find and keep a steady-paying job.
It was through this time the David family experienced the generosity and giving nature of the people of Emerald.
In a speech read by Teehee at the citizenship ceremony that brought tears to many eyes, including the mayor’s, she told of the hard times her family faced but also of the help they received from the community.
“Life then was very tough but we still had hope and didn’t give up. We had kind-hearted people helping us through those times. We were very thankful and realised people did care,” she said.
“We bought an old car but after a week it got broke down in the middle of the road and we didn’t know what to do. There we realised the spirit of mateship truly exist when two samaritans nearby saw us and they didn’t hesitate to give us some help and tow our car back to our home.
“We would like to thank everyone who supported us through the good and tough times.”
Anton now has a job he loves and the family have settled into the community.
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