'Do what you can for others': Volunteer extraordinaire, John Box with some of his model planes.
'Do what you can for others': Volunteer extraordinaire, John Box with some of his model planes. Matt Collins

Q AND A: Volunteer comes out of the Box

THERE are so many truly remarkable people in the South Burnett.

Each of us has a lifetime of achievements, thoughts, beliefs and lessons learned.

The Q and A feature is an opportunity to showcase some of the exceptional people in our proud region.

This week, we hear from former South Burnett Australia Day Citizen of the year and volunteer extraordinaire, John Box.

1. What is something you resent paying for?

Electricity.

We have installed solar and done everything we can and we are still getting slugged.

2. What is the best advice you have ever received?

My grandfather told me, "hang in there and do your best”. Another one is do what you can for others. I apply that fairly regularly.

3. What do you do to relax?

Yoga. I have been doing it for four years. The slow breathing and relaxing certainly relaxes the mind and body.

4. What is one thing you would struggle to quit?

Enjoying time with my family. The fellowship of being with them all no matter where we are.

5. What do you wish you knew when you were younger?

To be more patient. I haven't gotten any better. I'm still leading with the mouth before engaging with the brain.

6. What is the worst injury you've had and how did it happen?

I've been pretty lucky actually. I've never even broken a bone.

7. What would your friends say is your worst habit?

I am a perfectionist. I have to admit it. If I can't give 110 per cent I won't do it.

8. What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

When I was nominated for Citizen of the Year. It was a very humbling thing to happen.

9. If you could write a new law what would it be?

Compulsory volunteering. People on the dole should most definitely get involved.

10. What do you do when you have 30 minutes free?

Catch up on emails, and I love my gardening.