OUR COMMUNITY HIDDEN TREASURES ADDED TO ROLL OF HONOUR
Three community volunteers from Tamworth and Manilla have been added to the 2019 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, recognition of their outstanding contribution to their local communities.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson congratulated the women who were formally recognised for their hard work and dedication to others.
“These women provide an enormous amount of support to our community and are true treasures.
Sue-Ellen Wilkin has been one of the driving forces of the volunteer organisation, which has played a tremendous role in supporting farming families from across the region who are really battling with this unprecedented drought.
“In 2018, Sue-Ellen recognised the growing need to support drought-stricken farmers and responded by championing a new charity Doing it for Our Farmers.
“This charity has a network of tireless volunteers and 23 coordinators based across NSW, who have assisted hundreds of farmers and receives and distributes donations of non-perishable food, toiletries and other household requirements from across a broad area of NSW via its two pantries based at Tamworth and Murrurundi.
“Vicki White from Manilla is another hidden treasure. Vicki is a senior deputy captain for the NSW Rural Fire Service Namoi River Brigade and has been flat out fighting fires at Tingha, Warrabah National Park and Borah. She’s also is a steward and runs the cattle section of the Manilla Show, she’s a busy Mum and works at Manilla Central School.
“Tamara Ferguson is one of the vital team working with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. She grew up at Glen Innes and was involved in a car accident which resulted in her being carried to hospital by the Rescue Helicopter.
“To show her gratitude Tamara joined the volunteer rescue service organisation in her home town of Glen Innes. She then moved to Tamworth to continue working as a volunteer for the Service, before landing her ‘dream job’ within the organisation.
“Tamara is a passionate coordinator of events within the community and for volunteers on behalf of the Rescue Helicopter. She also volunteers for a range of community groups in Tamworth including the Junior Business Chamber, Rotary International and is regarded as one of the hardest working young volunteers in the region and a role model for all young people.
“These volunteers thoroughly deserve this recognition and should be extremely proud of their nomination and in joining this roll of highly-regarded rural women.
“Volunteering is the foundation of all of our communities. It’s something that we’re all so thankful and proud of.
“Congratulations to these latest additions to our Hidden Treasures Roll of Honour and thank you so much for all you and our other community volunteers for the contribution you give to make our communities such a rich and wonderful place to live,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network.
For more information on the Hidden Treasures Honour Role visit the DPI website http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rural-support/rural-womens-network