Being a volunteer and contributing to the community are just part of being an Australian, so it’s fitting Trangie’s Rhonda Richardson has been recognised on Australia Day with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).
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Mrs Richardson, who said she’s “one of many” in the small community, has been recognised for her service to the community of Trangie.
When Mrs Richardson was asked how she felt to receive the OAM, she humbly said she was “very honoured”.
“I don’t know who nominated me but I’m very honoured and very humbled,” she said.
“I don’t feel I’m any different to anyone else in Trangie, everyone’s very helpful and very wonderful.”
“I just feel there’s a lot of people in Trangie and the award is for our town for everyone who helps and does things.”
Mrs Richarson has been part of the community for over 40 years, and in that time her list of achievements and contributions are nothing short of astounding.
She began teaching at the Trangie preschool in 1980 and despite retiring to have children remained on the board for 30 years.
Her contribution didn’t end there as she became a familiar face at St John’s Catholic School as a teacher, member and president of the Parents and Friends Committee, and a librarian for 10 years.
However the was no early retirement for Mrs Richardson who has since moved onto being member of the Trangie Multipurpose Health Service Health Council, using her time to help the hospital.
Other contributions Mrs Richardson currently makes to the community include 30 years of being an active member of the Country Women’s Association, a member of the Trangie Hospital Auxiliary, a committee member for Macquarie River Food and Fibre and Trangie Cancer Support Group.
She was also a founding member of the Trangie Quilters Association in 1980.
Mrs Richardson said volunteering is what makes Trangie so special.
“I feel that I don’t do anything more than what other people do, it’s just I ask people to help and they just come and work along with me, which is wonderful,” she said.
“It’s a very special little town, it always has been it’s lovely, its very friendly there’s lots of great ideas and lots of things to do.”
“Thank you to everyone who comes along and does all the things we do in Trangie.”
“And of course thanks to my husband and my family who always get pulled into help too.”
“You cant volunteer and do things if you haven’t got other people to help with you, I’m just one of many.”
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