2018 Australia Day Honours List: Ken Marchingo of Haven; Home Safe to be appointed a Member of the Order of Australia

FROM working in what he felt to be one of the most loathed jobs in society, Ken Marchingo has risen to the Order of Australia.

He is set to be appointed a member of the order, ‘for significant service to the community through social welfare programs and associations, particularly for assistance for the homeless’.

“I had no idea this was happening until I got a letter some weeks ago and I looked at it and thought, ‘Now this is a pretty elaborate hoax,”” he joked.

The true significance of the appointment for Mr Marchingo and his family became evident just as our interview drew to a close.

Somebody clearly thought all the hours he had devoted to Haven; Home, Safe and those in need of its services were worth it.

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