Pamela Thomas has been awarded an OBE for her volunteering efforts.
Pamela Thomas has been awarded an OBE for her volunteering efforts. christine.perkin

Woman, 81, has been volunteering since she was six

THE Hervey Bay VIEW club took their opportunity with the first edition of Wide Bay Seniors.

They were so proud of their long term member Pamela Thomas when she was awarded an OBE for her volunteering efforts - they also submitted her story for this inaugural edition.

When you hear of an 81-year-old woman who had been volunteering since she was six-years-old, it seems only right to honour her with a front page picture in the local community newspaper.

Pamela Thomas, 81, has been volunteering since she was six years old.
Pamela Thomas, 81, has been volunteering since she was six years old. christine.perkin

"It was during the war and our school in NSW encouraged us to volunteer and donate and I used to hold little backyard concerts and my friend would pay a penny with all the money going to Red Cross," she said.

Throughout the years, Mrs Thomas has volunteered at the Hervey Bay Presbyterian Church, Inner Wheel Club and was president and founding member of dozens of clubs in NSW. For nearly 20 years Pamela has been a member of VIEW club as Assistant Secretary is still an active member.

Mrs Thomas credits her husband, who she lives with at the retirement village for always supporting and encouraging her to do volunteer work. But it seems that a generous spirit and willing hand is part of DNA when it comes to family members.

"My husband received an OAM in 2007 and so did my brother in 2005," she said

But this is far from the end of her volunteering career. After Mrs Thomas's husband was diagnosed with prostrate cancer six years ago she realised the need for cancer council fundraising.

Since then she has been organising the annual Big Cuppa cancer fundraiser at the village.

And the philosophy that underpins her work is no surprise.

"Volunteering is helping causes that need money and helping people who can't help themselves," she said.

The Hervey Bay VIEW Club has praised their friend and colleague and said she is still and active member organising interesting guest speakers and vibrant entertainment.

If know of a person you would like to see honoured with a story in the Wide Bay Seniors Newspapers, please do not hesitate to email me us at editor@seniors.apn.com.au.

Hervey Bay VIEW Club

ON AUSTRALIA DAY 2015 the Hervey Bay VIEW Club was extremely proud of member Pamela Thomas who received an OAM for her volunteering work since the age of six. Pamela's volunteering dates back to her years living in Narrabri before moving to Hervey Bay 10 years ago and she and her husband now reside at Fraser Shores 11 Retirement Village where she continues to volunteer her services.

Meetings and luncheon are held on the second Monday each month at the Club House and socials on the forth Monday which are held at various locations which include a trading table several times a year thus raising funds for the Smith Family and disadvantaged children.

Contact Barbara Campbell by phone on 4128 9110 or email herveybay.viewclub@gmail.com


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