93 Year-old Topeka Volunteer Finalist for Energizer Keep Going Award

By: Rae Chelle Davis Email
By: Rae Chelle Davis Email

You have seen the Energizer Bunny. He's pink and beats a drum while he rolls along. For years he has been rolling along. That's the idea behind the "Keep Going" award and Chris Turner is a perfect example.

At 93, Turner still has his own garden, mows his own lawn, and spends a great deal of time as a volunteer. "My wife was so involved in it," says Turner who credits his wife for showing him how to get involved. She passed away last month of alheimers. Since then, Turner donated his van to the Kelly House which helps people with the disease. That is the kind of man Turner is.

When you ask him why he's not hunting or fishing or just enjoying life he will tell you he is doing all of those things. "I'm a hunter, I'm a fisher, but I give back too." Turner says volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club, the Sunset Optimist Club, and Saint Francis hospital makes him feel good.

"You can't help but feel good about yourselfwhen you see their faces light up. It's a matter of I had as much fun doing it as I did good doing it," said Turner.

If he wins the Keep Going award he will receive 10,000.00 and an additional 5,000.00 to give to an organization of his choice.


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