A Bingara woman was today among 60 individuals and organisations hailed as community minded heroes at Australia’s biggest awards for older people.
The NSW Minister for Ageing, Kristina Keneally, presented a NSW Seniors Week Achievement Award to Anne Legg for her outstanding community contributions at a prestigious ceremony at City Recital Hall in Sydney.
Mrs Legg received an award in the Community Service/Volunteering category for helping to establish the Bingara Support Group for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service for which she also raises funds.
Country Labor MLC, Christine Robertson said she was proud that seniors such as Mrs Legg live in the local community.
"She is an example to people of all ages of the great things that can be achieved by working together.
"Mrs Legg is also a credit to her friends, families and neighbours. I urge everybody to take note and follow her example."
Ms Keneally said that it was an honour to formally acknowledge the inspiring efforts and leadership the award winners had shown.
"It is heart warming to know that such selfless people exist in our local communities," she said.
"These seniors have sacrificed their own time and resources for the greater good of others to undertake important tasks such as fundraising and sharing their skills and knowledge.
"They are role models who demonstrate the benefits of staying active and engaged in community life," she said.
The awards ceremony was one of more than 700 events marking the 50th NSW Seniors Week, running from April 6 to 13. "Seniors Week is all about being active, learning something new and living life to the full – things the award winners know all about," Ms Keneally said.