The Australian Red Cross has honoured Narromine's Gay Richardson for her outstanding community service.
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On Friday, Mrs Richardson was surrounded by friends and family as the Red Cross acknowledged her tireless years of service and awarded her the Red Cross Outstanding Service award.
According to her citation, Mrs Richardson joined the Australian Red Cross in 1982 and became an active and tireless worker.
Mrs Richardson said she "appreciates" the nomination and said volunteering is something she likes doing.
"I love doing things for people," she said.
"I just enjoy the company of other people ... if I can get out and help, I do."
Mrs Richardson said she was inspired to join the Red Cross because of her father.
"My father was a returned serviceman, and I've always felt they've done something for us, the least we could do was raise money for them," she said.
Over the years, Mrs Richardson has "always been willing to accept the responsibility of office," holding several positions including president and honorary secretary.
"Gay has capably filled all positions with great enthusiasm," the nomination read.
Mrs Richardson reminisced on her positions in office and said secretary had been her favourite.
I just enjoy the company of other people ... if I can get out and help, I do.- Gay Richardson.
"I feel the secretary is a job I can do, and the lady that taught me ...Mrs Barley, who was a secretary at the time and went to the president, so I took over, she told me what to do and how to do it," she said,
"I'd never done it before, I've lived on a farm all my life, I had children, I've never worked, I only ever worked on the farm, so she told me what to do."
This is not the first accolade for the stalwart who also received a 10-year long service medal in 1997, a first bar in 2004 and her second bar in 2013. She was also awarded the NSW Service Award in 2012 for her services to the Red Cross.
From organising events for fundraising, writing the branch's Centenary booklet to making goods for cake stalls and organising prizes and luncheons, Mrs Richardson, as her nomination stated: "lives the principles of the Australian Red Cross".
"Assisting the smooth running of the branch and all of its events have been the force of Gay's contribution, for, without her contribution, many functions would not have occurred," her nomination read.
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