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Hard work recognised

Thursday, 14th May, 2015

Charmaine Collins is served lunch at the Volunteers Week celebration. Charmaine Collins is served lunch at the Volunteers Week celebration.

The Far West Health District celebrated the good work of their volunteers at a special presentation yesterday.

The Hospital Kiosk and Red Cross volunteers along with Barry Powell from the Silver City Workingman’s hospital visit scheme were all recognised.

Pamela Lord was also honoured for her 50 years of volunteering.

Unfortunately, Mrs Lord was ill and unable to attend the event.

“Mrs Lord has been volunteering as a Broken Hill Women’s Auxiliary RFDS Broken Hill Hospital Visitor for 50 years this year,” FWLHD Volunteer Manager, Mary Leehane said.

“This is an incredibly long time to give willingly of yourself to help others and the health service is very pleased to recognise this incredible achievement.”

Mrs Leehane said the luncheon was a chance to recognise all the volunteers for their hard work.

“We are very blessed not just with our volunteers, but also with the volunteers that come from the community,” she said.

“We are lucky to have clubs who organise to have people visit the hospital.”

Mrs Leehane said this year’s National Volunteer Week theme of “Give Happy, Live Happy”, was on the mark because many volunteers reported the benefits of giving up a little of their time to help others.

“According to Volunteering Australia, volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer,” she said.

“Having presentations like these makes our volunteers feel valued.”

Anyone who would like to help the Far West Local Health District may call Mary Leehane on 8080 1256.

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