Member for Orange, Philip Donato MP last Friday presented the 2018 “Hidden Treasures” awards, to recognise the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in the Orange electorate.
Canowindra’s Di Gill was awarded a Hidden Treasure award after being nominated by Rachel Nicole from NSW Farmers. Di Gill is the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program Coordinator based in Canowindra and covers Bathurst to Condobolin, Mudgee and the Weddin Shire up to Dubbo in her role.
“The Hidden Treasures award recognises the women volunteers who ‘give a little, but change a lot’”, Mr Donato said.
“These women ensure the viability of so many important community groups and charities; without their contribution many of the local initiatives we take for granted would just not be possible. It’s an honour to be able to celebrate women volunteers who give so much of their own time, effort and dedication to their community. Thank you all for your invaluable contribution by taking on volunteering roles,” said Mr Donato.
“It is exciting to be recognised alongside such a wonderful group of women,” said Di Gill.
Di’s role over the years has varied from helping out in the 2016 Lachlan River floods to attending the St Ivan Bushfire and more recently the drought in Central and Western NSW. Only last week Di was involved in a “Drought Convoy” that saw over 150 families seeking help in both Forbes and Parkes.
“My role is to inform, educate and connect those in need,” said Di.