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Anne named Coffs Citizen of the Year

Getting by with a little help . . . Coffs Harbour?s Citizen of the Year, Anne Moon, couldn?t do it without her family.
Getting by with a little help . . . Coffs Harbour?s Citizen of the Year, Anne Moon, couldn?t do it without her family.

By ANN-MARIE MAY

IT would be easier to say what cause Anne Moon isn't involved in than to list those that she is.

It is for this reason that Mrs Moon was named Coffs Harbour's Citizen of the Year at yesterday's Australia Day ceremony.

Mrs Moon's decades of voluntary work for the Coffs Harbour community has been simply described as 'extra- ordinary'.

Nominated by Quota International of Coffs Harbour (who made six nominations, all of which won awards), Mrs Moon said she couldn't have felt more honoured.

"I thank Quota so much. They are a great team and I'm just part of that," she said.

"I also thank all the other volunteers out there, as so many go unrecognised. I believe there is a volunteer for every cause in Coffs Harbour and they do a fantastic job."

Currently president of the Coffs Harbour branch of the Red Cross, Mrs Moon is also the coordinator of the Door Knock Appeal, which involves up to 300 volunteers.

Last year Coffs Harbour was recognised for collecting the most money outside of Sydney with a total of $26,500.

When the Red Cross set up its Tsunami Appeal, Mrs Moon had the branch phone diverted to her home and also manned collection points.

Quota International is an important part of her life. And she helps to organise many of its community and fundraising activities.

But her contribution does not end there.

Mrs Moon is a volunteer in the mentoring program at Sandy Beach Primary School and helps out regularly at the Play Scheme operated at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

At the same time she is coordinator of the program committee for the Coffs Harbour Garden Club as well as a member of the committee involved with the Horticultural Therapy Program.

Add to this finding some time to spend with her family and the question has to asked ? how does she do it?

"I have a good calender to cross everything off and have a great support network at home," Mrs Moon said.



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