Humble Hec tickled pink with a life membership
IN typical modest fashion, Hec Goodall felt embarrassed when his many achievements were celebrated through a life membership with the NSW Fauna and Marine Parks Association.
"I felt humbled getting the award, because I thought a lot of other people deserved it more, but they insisted that my contributions over the years to animal welfare should be rewarded," he said.
Mr Goodall founded the Pet Porpoise Pool in 1970, and ? with the former owner of what is now the Coffs Harbour Zoo Robert Mutton ? helped establish the NSW Fauna and Marine Parks Association.
The association used its 25th anniversary celebrations in July to award Mr Goodall with his life membership.
"It was a pretty flash occasion, and at the dinner, they played a special video of the 25 years of the association," Mr Goodall said.
"The video brought back a lot of memories, they'd gathered heaps of my cartoons and about half of it was about our fight to save the Pet Porpoise Pool in the '80s.
"Over its 25 years, the association has had its ups and downs, but everyone stuck together and we've fought the government on many issues."
As his own contribution to the anniversary celebrations, Mr Goodall took sever- al days to draw an intricate cartoon, which is now hanging at the NSW Fauna and Marine Parks Association headquarters.
"I thought this one was worth the effort, and I took it to the celebrations as a bit of a surprise," he said.
"They were tickled pink with it, all the members were asking for copies."
Mr Goodall has an honorary fellowship with the Australian Museum and an RSPCA life membership.