Quiet achiever honoured
DOROTHY Hays doesn't like to be the centre of attention, but today there will be no avoiding the limelight.
After 27 years spent volunteering Dorothy will receive honours as the International Woman of the Year for this electorate, as nominated by local member Andrew Fraser.
"I enjoy volunteering because I get so much out of it, but I was surprised when Mr Fraser phoned me because there are so many other people who are worthy," Dorothy said.
And it appears Mr Fraser was lucky to be able to track Dorothy down. Every week she volunteers all over the area and often she is virtually impossible to find.
"Dorothy is a very worthy recipient of this award. She has selflessly helped so many people in the Coffs Harbour area by volunteering her time to raise awareness of health issues affecting regional communities."
Her work has included gathering of petitions for presentation to the government and she was also a member of the Steering Committee which prepared a proposal to the Federal and State governments for a radiotherapy unit.
She has also contributed to the Coffs Regional Cancer Services, where she assisted in fundraising for cancer patients travelling to city hospitals.
"The Cancer Council and Coffs Harbour Palliative Care Advisory Group 'Silent Visitor' program has also benefited from Dorothy's generous time giving," he said.
Dorothy willingly visits people in their homes who have had chemotherapy. She will receive her honours at the Zonta International Women's Day breakfast at the Coffs Ex-Ser- vices Club today.