Leader, June 17 2022

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Caring Cathie

Anyone who knows her will understand how deserving Cathie Duncan is of her Regional Hero Award.

So often, people’s volunteering work is carried out behind the scenes and they seek no recognition for it.

That is the case for Cathie, so it was kind of Steve Byrne – a previous Regional Hero Award recipient – to nominate her, to ensure she receives some of the praise she deserves.

Even while going through challenging times, Cathie’s kind, thoughtful and selfless nature remains to the fore.

She continues to prioritise the needs of others, even when she deserves to put herself first.

Margaret Wallace was right when she said Cathie becomes a friend very quickly and that friendship should be valued by any who have it.

Well done to Cathie and all the volunteers whose selflessness and dedication to their communities was recognised at this year’s awards.

Volunteering is a vital service and, as well as helping others, it has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too.

Let’s make sure we tell any volunteers we know how much we appreciate them every day.