Longtime volunteers awarded
Sixty-seven years later the 89-year-old Goonellabah woman is still hard at work, and was yesterday awarded Northern Rivers Senior Volunteer of the Year.
Mrs Allen volunteers at the UnitingCare Caroona Op-Shop in Lismore three days a week, fundraises tirelessly for the Caroona auxiliary, and spends time with residents at the Caroona Self Care Village at Goonellabah, offering friendship and laughter in the lives of those who suffer from loneliness. She herself is a resident at the village.
When asked why she does it, Mrs Allen said: ‘I do it from my heart’.
“It’s not a job, I love doing it,” Mrs Allen said.
“Volunteering is important.I started 67 years ago and I’m still going.”
Yamba woman Carol Logue was awarded Northern Rivers Volunteer of the Year for the work she does with the Lower Clarence Netball Association.
The awards, run by NORTEC Employment and Training, recognised more than 30 local finalists.
The region’s winners were awarded at a ceremony at Australian Seabird Rescue in Ballina yesterday, and will head to Sydney for the State finals next month.