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Fred Hyde can’t understand why there is a civic afternoon tea for him on June 28, because what he does is “ordinary”. Not quite, Mr Hyde.
Fred Hyde can’t understand why there is a civic afternoon tea for him on June 28, because what he does is “ordinary”. Not quite, Mr Hyde. Georja Ryan

IF FRED Hyde is busy saving the world at age 92, then what's your excuse?

Mr Hyde has been at the helm of Co-operation in Development for 22 years, building schools and educating children in Bhola Island, Bangladesh.

He has not only changed the lives of thousands of Bangladeshis, but started something that will continue to change the world - as long as someone else is almost ready to take the reins.

"If you can find a young man, the job would suit someone about 65 who is retiring and wants something to do, then I could (slow down)," Mr Hyde said.

But this generous man with a heart of gold is not passing the baton just yet, even if he won't be flitting off to Bangladesh in the future.

"Someone has to do it. I can't just walk away," Mr Hyde said.

"It's given me a very interesting old age, that's for sure."

Before his work with CO-ID, Mr Hyde spent 10 years running an orphanage in the same area.

He said his time in Bangladesh had been the most rewarding experience.

"One thing I have found is that you have to say no more often than you can say yes," Mr Hyde said.

"You have to be very practical. The needs of so many people are so great that you can't meet them all."

The CO-ID team is now planning an office building in Bhola Island, and plans to build brick walls 1m high around the bottom of all current classrooms to stop the rusting of the current galvanised iron.

Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell said a civic afternoon tea will be held on June 28 to honour the work of Mr Hyde.

Afternoon tea

The civic afternoon tea will be held at the Warwick Hotel on June 28 and is invitation only.

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