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Volunteer Recognition

Monday, December 5th, 2016

NOORAT stalwart Eve Black has been recognised for her volunteer work across the district during the annual Federal Government Sports and Volunteer Awards.

Ms Black said she was “gobsmacked” when she heard the news that she had won a volunteer award.

“I was very humbled and honoured,” she said.

Ms Black said she has been passionate about volunteering since she was eight years old during her time as a ‘Brownie’ in the Girl Guides.

Ms Black said the central mantra repeated to them was ‘Think of others, not ourselves’.

The Noorat-based farmer has applied the mantra to the remainder of her life, as she gave her time to others through a range of roles over the past few decades,

Her roles included president of the Terang Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary, sitting on the hospital’s Community Advisory Committee and secretary of the Terang and District Historical Society.

Ms Black said she was always happy to help others.

“Time is a very precious commodity,” she said.

“Time and hospitality are some of the best things you can give.

“It is a pretty special thing to be able to do.”

However, Ms Black said she was saddened with the recent decline in the number of volunteers, especially younger people.

“I am really dismayed of the lack of volunteers,” she said.

A strong contingent of other groups and individuals across the district were also honoured as part of the Federal Government’s awards, including Cobden’s Kelvin White, Camperdown’s Betty Henderson, the Lake Cobden Project Team and the Camperdown Court House Information and Arts Ambassadors.

Story & Image courtesy of WD News