Stirling Adventist Church member Tim Welch has been awarded South Australia Taxi Driver of the Year.
The award is part of the 2021 SA Tourism Awards, which recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of local businesses and exceptional customer service.
Mr Welch, who has worked as a taxi driver for the past 22 years, stood out from the 4000 taxi drivers in the state due to his exceptional service, also being recognised for bringing wheelchair accessible taxis to Adelaide Hills.
“My Christian faith leads me to treat every customer with the utmost respect, regardless of circumstances,” he said.
Originally from England, Mr Welch has had other careers but enjoys being a taxi driver and shares his love for Jesus when he has the opportunity.
“I always look for an opportunity to share the faith,” said Mr Welch recalling eight people who have visited his church through friendly conversations in his cab.
“Many of my passengers become my friends. I look for the opportunity to encourage people who are in difficult circumstances. People with substance abuse, loneliness, social hardship,’ he added.
“The Stirling church is very proud of Tim’s recent success. Much of his kind attitude towards others in his profession is shown in church as he has been a very hospitable member of our church for a number of years,” said Stirling church elder Elva Weiler.
“He preaches, teaches in Sabbath school, plays the guitar and helps with the church cleaning. He is kind, cheerful and willing to help where needed. Such an award is quite the achievement, and we are blessed to have Tim as part of our church family.”