Rita is Lismore's Woman of the Year
TWENTY five years of community service was acknowledged in announcing Rita Richards as the Lismore electorate Woman of the Year.
Lismore MP Thomas George said the annual award showcases inspirational stories of commitment and sacrifice and described Rita as a "fantastic role model".
Rita is the president of the United Hospital Auxiliary and has previously held the roles of secretary and treasurer, and in 2012 she was awarded life membership.
She started volunteering at the Kyogle hospital in 1990 after being on the hospital board. When the boards were dismantled she wanted to find a way to continue to be involved and has been a vital part of the auxiliary volunteers in both Kyogle and Lismore ever since.
The announcement of the Woman of the Year was made in conjunction with a NSW Health volunteers' day.
Executive director of the Richmond Clarence Health Service Group, Lynne Weir, said the hospital auxiliary was a fantastic group that raises lots of funds to buy more hospital equipment.
"They really enrich the lives of patients, staff and the community in general," she said.
As well as her role with the hospital auxiliary, Rita also works as a pastoral care visitor, visiting patients in need.
She is also an active member of St Andrew's Anglican Church, works in the Church Op Shop once a week and is part of the emergency food relief team.
Rita will be flown to Sydney on March 4 where the NSW Woman of the Year awards will be presented by Premier Mike Baird and the Minister for Women, Pru Goward.