Lismore MP Thomas George and John Ajaka MLC, Minister for Volunteering, with the award recipients.  Photo Contributed
Lismore MP Thomas George and John Ajaka MLC, Minister for Volunteering, with the award recipients. Photo Contributed Contributed

Eight Lismore locals awarded for their service

EIGHT local people were honoured by John Ajaka, Minister for Volunteering and Lismore MP Thomas George, as they were presented with awards from the Premier's Volunteer Recognition Program and the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

Three locals were awarded under the Premier's Volunteer Recognition Program, which provides the opportunity to recognise volunteering among local communities.

These recipients were: Arthur Maloney, for his 55 years as an amateur boxing coach and mentor; Joy Hall for her 35 years at Northern Rivers Community Gateway; Helen Hargreaves for her 35 years with Girl Guides both in Australia & internationally; Eric Davison for his 29 years at Technical Aid for the Disabled; and Betty Green for her 25 years with Vision Australia.

Three more locals were awarded under the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll scheme, which acknowledges the important volunteer roles women play within NSW rural communities.

It provides a platform to pay tribute to rural women volunteers who donate their time and energy to help others.

Anne Bolan, a committed member of Australian Red Cross and regularly volunteers at the Lismore Base Hospital Renal Unit to add some sunshine into the day of patients; Beryl Currie, who volunteers at a number of Kyogle community groups, including St Vincent de Paul, hockey club and Kyogle High School canteen; and Gail Clarke, who volunteers at the Nimbin Soup Kitchen and Nimbin Neighbourhood Centre and organises the Nimbin Poetry World Cup, were all added to the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.



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