IF there is one person in the Eurobodalla who is a lifter and not a leaner, it is Moruya’s Robyn Wright, who has been named the Bega electorate’s Local Woman of the Year.
Ms Wright, 69, is a busy community volunteer but had no idea she was going to be bestowed with the honour by Bega MP and NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance in front of many friends at the Moruya CWA Hall on Thursday.
She did not even know the award existed.
“I’m a bit overwhelmed,” she said.
“What a surprise.
“I heard Andrew was in the area and he was going to drop into the hall for a coffee and chat.”
Since moving to Moruya in 1970, Ms Wright has been involved with many community groups and charities. She is the CWA Moruya branch secretary, life member and former president, catering manager and publicity officer.
She assists a disabled Moruya resident with shopping and other weekly tasks as a volunteer with Community Health and contributes many of her home-made wares, including pickles and chutneys, to the CWA shop, raising much needed funds.
“I like to be able to use my abilities to help the community, and it is great that the Moruya CWA supports the town in so many areas, such as the schools, hospital, Special Olympics and Special Nippers,” she said.
“Fundraising with them is fun.”
She is a consumer representative of the Royal Flying Doctor Association and holds phone conferences with families, health service officials and new flying doctors.
She worked as a highly-valued midwife at Moruya District Hospital, while simultaneously raising a family as a single mother.
She also received a Community Commendation for Courage for her assistance to seriously traumatised victims of a road accident with a petrol tanker in 2010.
She has also been a director of the Moruya Bowling Club, president of the Moruya RSL Ladies’ Auxiliary.
Thursday’s honour may have been a surprise to Mrs Wright, but her fellow Moruya CWA ladies have no doubt she deserves it.
“She’s the best,” vice-president Dot Morris said.
“She is the hardest-working volunteer in the Eurobodalla.”
Her partner Daryl feels the same way.
“I’m very impressed,” he said.
“She deserves it; she’s a hard worker.”
Mr Constance nominated Ms Wright for the award.
Her nomination will be assessed by NSW Minister for Women Pru Goward for the state Woman of the Year award.