Winner of Red Cross award Betty Watkins Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Winner of Red Cross award Betty Watkins Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Rewarded for always being there for others

BETTY Watkins may be in the retirement phase of life but someone has obviously forgotten to tell her.

The hard-working Woolgoolga woman has been awarded the prestigious Red Cross Service award thanks to her unwavering dedication as a volunteer with the Woolgoolga branch.

Since joining the local Red Cross branch in 2006 Betty has spent countless hours helping with various projects.

She is fundraiser co-ordinator, volunteer for the local Hands On program and Telecross, and can often be found manning fundraising stalls for Red Cross throughout the Northern Beaches.

To Betty, her efforts are nothing out of the ordinary.

"We (she and her husband Dennis) have always been charity-minded people and we felt Red Cross was a great cause, they work for the world really," she said.

"We weren't going to come (to Woolgoolga) and sit on our backsides and do nothing.

"And Woolgoolga is such a lovely branch, honestly they're such a wonderful bunch of women you couldn't find better anywhere - we really are great friends."

She said the news she had received the award was a complete shock.

"I never, ever do anything for accolades."

"I cried! I am so honoured.

"But it's not just me - I have a fantastic group of volunteers that are always there and available at any time to help out."

While she was Not well enough to travel to Sydney for the official ceremony, the local branch will hold a special presentation for Betty at its Friendship Afternoon Tea on May 31. 



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