Sarah Masonwells receives electorate award for supporting Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

AWARDED: Sarah Masonwells with Troy Grant receiving the electorate award for her fundraising efforts for the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. Photo: ORLANDER RUMING

AWARDED: Sarah Masonwells with Troy Grant receiving the electorate award for her fundraising efforts for the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. Photo: ORLANDER RUMING

Narromine's Sarah Masonwells has received an electorate award for her efforts running in the New York Marathon fundraising for the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. 

In November last year Ms Masonwells ran from Staten Island to Manhattan, crossing the Queensboro bridge to cross the finish line in Central Park, raising money for the not-for-profit cancer wellness centre. 

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Ms Masonwells said she was "shocked" to receive the award, however accepted the award with pride.

"It means a lot that someone took the time to nominate me," she said.

"I love the community I live in and I love all the committees I'm on and have been on, I just love helping out and seeing things happen in the community and that's why I do what I do."

Ms Masonwells said she chose the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, as it's an organisation that's helped a lot of local people, and their research is important for anyone who has suffered or is suffering from cancer. 

Running the New York Marathon was for Ms Masonwells "absolutely amazing".

"Honestly it was one of the best things I've ever done," she said.

"It was being at the start line and then the actual race, there was just such an atmosphere and then crossing that line was probably … It's hard to explain the feeling of actually achieving it."

While the 42-kilometre run was a challenge, she said preparation was key.

"I had trained so although it was hard, I was prepared and ready."

It was the support of the community which also amazed Ms Masonwells.

"My goal was $10,000 and I reached $8500 which I was absolutely blown away with, especially in the times we're in, the support from my own community was amazing," she said.

Ms Masonwells thanked the entire community for their support, including the businesses that sponsored her. 

"Thank you to Narromine Auto Electrical, Narromine Auto Spares, Ag n Vet Narromine and Macquarie Clothing," she said.