Bernie’s big bash

They say it takes a village to raise a child and that’s exactly what was felt when Two Wells local, Bernie Pellizzari celebrated her 50th birthday last month.
Bernie was born with special needs and her parents, Maria and Denis, were told she might not live past the age of five.
Fast-forward a few decades and Bernie has proved everyone wrong, and captured more than a few hearts along the journey
She has a special place in the community of Two Wells and has become a bit of an icon in the process.
Bernie went to kindy in Two Wells before going to special school in Elizabeth and then later Gepps Cross special school.
She has grown up around the community and is well known, especially for her penchant for sitting out the front of her home and waving to the cars going by.
With her good memory, and desire to know your name it is usually stored in her memory and she can remember nearly everyone she meets.
The town has embraced Bernie, often looking out for her.
Before her Nona passed, Bernie was allowed to walk from home to Nona’s house and back again.
This was a safe trip not having to cross any roads. It also gave Bernie the option of calling in on every house between home and her destination for a drink of cordial and a couple of biscuits.
No-one really thought too much about it until the collective realised it was a good packet or two trip!
This was all before she became diabetic and Maria sent the word out – no more biscuits!!
Bernie was forever by Denis’s side at the footy, for Crows as well as her beloved Two Wells games.
Her family has involved her in all aspects of community life – she even participated in one of the Melodrama plays one year!
Bernie’s sister Andrea recalls a night in town once where she got talking to a new acquaintance.
He asked where she came from and she said Two Wells – ah he said, I know someone from Two Wells – her name is Bernie!
Bernie is living a full life and has had her fair share of adventures, travels and experiences.
She has been on many camping trips – to Birdsville and all over Australia with her parents, and cruised the Isle of Pines and Noumea in 2012.
They have been instrumental in making sure Bernie never missed out despite her disability.
Bernie used to visit many of her neighbours homes when a new baby was born and it is a testament to the “village” that she is now cuddling their babies.
Her love for her community, and of the community’s for her, was no more evident than at her 50th birthday celebration, where people came from far and wide to celebrate, with a fun luncheon held at the local football clubrooms.
The Pellizzari family would like to thank everyone who attended, gave gifts and donated to EBL Disabilities Services.
Congratulations Bernie. Keep on smiling and waving!

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