Taree – Rotary Recognises Samaritans Volunteer

Rev-Helen-AwardsThe three Rotary clubs in Taree combined recently for a special awards presentation dinner to recognise volunteers in the local community. Awardees represented included, among others, volunteers from RSPCA, Camp Quality, Manning River Men’s Shed, Riding for the Disabled, Volunteer Rescue.

The Anglican parish of Taree was very proud to nominate the Rev’d Helen Holliday, a Priest in Local Ministry at St John’s in Taree, as a worthy recipient. One of the many voluntary roles the Rev’d Helen undertakes in the parish is that of co-ordinator of the Samaritans Foundation Emergency Relief (ER) activities, which she established in Taree 5 years ago. The Rev’d Helen has done “the hard yards” in getting the service established, and the reason the service has been successful is because of the organisation and elementary work that she did.

This service operates each Wednesday out of the St John’s Memorial Hall, and provides food parcels for the people in need who present for assistance. The Rev’d Helen regularly follows up with clients who have particular needs. The ER volunteers provide assistance to those seeking help in relation to homelessness by providing contact details of Samaritans other services. Clothing Vouchers (provided by the Anglican Blue Cross Op Shop) are provided on request. Why the affectionate term “Blue Cross Op Shop”, and indeed the Blue Cross church? The bright blue cross that adorns the steeple of St John’s church is visible from most parts of town.

We all recognise that our communities would be so much the poorer without the teams of volunteers that form the fabric of Australian society. We thank and congratulate each person who gives of their time and talents to make life a little better for others.