Veteran volunteer earns just reward
Monday, 28th October, 2013
The tireless work of local volunteers was rewarded last week at the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Regional Ceremony in Bathurst.
Well-known Thakaringa Station owner Pam Lord was named The 2013 Orana-Far West Individual Volunteer of the Year, and in the Volunteer Team category the Patient Family Support Team at the Broken Hill Hospital was named the Orana-Far West 2013 Volunteer Team of the Year.
Mrs Lord has been volunteering for the Broken Hill Women’s Auxiliary Inc., at the Royal Flying Doctors South East Section for 47 years, assisting in all aspects of the Auxiliary’s work.
She also volunteers with the Broken Hill Auxiliary and has been a Hospital Visitor to the BH Base Hospital for the past 47 years, helping patients and their families in many ways.
The Patient Family Support (PFS) Team of Volunteers provide a dedicated and compassionate service to patients’ families in times of sadness and need.
The Centre for Volunteering’s CEO, Lynne Dalton, said that the quality of the nominations from the Central West and Orana-Far West region was outstanding.
“The week-in, week-out contributions that volunteers make stretch from aged care, education, child welfare and counselling, through to emergency callouts, event control, running sports, environmental care and animal protection,” said Ms Dalton.
“There’s hardly an area of life which is not helped by volunteering,”
Mrs Lord is now in the running to win the prestigious 2013 NSW Volunteer of the Year award.
The winner will be announced at the State Award ceremony on December 5 and will receive a $1,500 prize for their not-for-profit organisation.