Our woman of the year

IT'S proving to be quite a year for Uniting Church Soup Kitchen volunteer Narelle Milton.

Back in January, she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), which was followed up yesterday by the Coffs Harbour Electorate Woman of the Year award.

This coincides with International Women's Day tomorrow.

“I feel very honoured to have this award, because there are so many people who do volunteer work,” Narelle, who soon turns 75, said.

She said it was 'a privilege and a joy' to be involved with the Soup Kitchen.

“This isn't just my award, it's an award for everyone who has worked in the kitchen,” she said.

“Prior to the Soup Kitchen, a group of us used to make sandwiches for people coming into the Uniting Church office. Then we bought a microwave to thaw the sandwiches.”

Narelle has been with the kitchen since its inception in 1990, and she's been the kitchen supervisor since 1998. And she's still there five days a week.

Her late husband, Alan, also helped out there.

“Mrs Milton is a very worthy recipient of this award,” the member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said.

“Honouring women for their contribution to communities, successes and achievements is an important means of building the confidence and pride of all women, and encourages other women of all ages to get involved in community activities by presenting role models.”

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