Di’s a Deni trea­sure

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Af­ter ded­i­cat­ing many years to vol­un­teer work, De­niliquin’s Dianne Hand (pic­tured) has been hon­oured on the 2017 Hid­den Trea­sures roll.

Hid­den Trea­sures is an an­nual ini­tia­tive of the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries’ Ru­ral Women’s Net­work which recog­nises the out­stand­ing ef­forts of women vol­un­teers in NSW, pro­mot­ing the valu­able role of vol­un­teer­ing to the com­mu­nity.

The 2017 Hon­our Roll was of­fi­cially launched on Oc­to­ber 28 at the NSW Ru­ral Women’s Gath­er­ing held at Nar­ran­dera.

Ms Hand, who started vol­un­teer­ing in 1965, said she was hon­oured just to have been nom­i­nated.

‘‘It was Bunty Driver who asked to nom­i­nate me and I agreed to let her go through with it,’’ she said.

‘‘I only found out when the list was put up on Face­book.’’

Ms Hand was born and raised in De­niliquin, de­vot­ing her life to her much loved com­mu­nity.

She has been in­volved in nu­mer­ous non­profit and vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions, which ini­tially in­cluded Inala Mir­radong, var­i­ous roles in the basketball as­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee, the De­niliquin Busi­ness En­ter­prise Cen­tre and vol­un­teer­ing in any ac­tiv­i­ties in which her chil­dren were in­volved.

She was in­stru­men­tal in the lo­cal Girl Guide move­ment, help­ing fundraise for the es­tab­lish­ment of the new Guide Hall in the mid 1980s.

When dis­abil­ity and day care or­gan­i­sa­tion Yal­lam­bee was opened, Ms Hand started vol­un­teer­ing, in­clud­ing a stint as trea­surer for over 10 years.

She is a vol­un­teer for Meals on Wheels in Deni, de­liv­er­ing meals since 1992.

Ms Hand has also been heav­ily in­volved with the Ro­tary Club of De­niliquin, serv­ing as a board mem­ber for 20 years and be­ing one of the main helpers be­hind Ro­tary’s ef­forts at events such as the Deni Ute Muster, Aus­tralia Day Break­fast, Fish­ing Clas­sic, Easter Art Show and count­less fundrais­ers.

In fact, she is one of only two re­cip­i­ents of the Paul Har­ris Sap­phire Pin in De­niliquin for her ser­vices to Ro­tary.

Since re­tir­ing from work in 2015, Ms Hand has also been busy knit­ting cloth­ing for the An­gel Ba­bies project. She has knit­ted more than 900 sets of bean­ies and booties.

Ms Hand said her pas­sion for vol­un­teer work came from her par­ents.

‘‘My Dad was in­volved with the South School when it first opened and was heav­ily in­volved with the swim club,’’ she said.

‘‘My Mum would help out wher­ever she could as well.

‘‘It was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for me into vol­un­teer­ing.’’

Moulamein’s Kirsty Har­ris was also in­ducted onto the Hid­den Trea­sures hon­our roll, for her tire­less work for the Moulamein Foot­ball Net­ball Club.

She has been in­volved with the club for 19 years, with 17 of those years spent in the role as net­ball co­or­di­na­tor.

Ms Har­ris helps run the net­ball com­pe­ti­tion, helps out with cook­ing, helps ap­ply for grants and takes on many other tasks to en­sure the club re­mains fi­nan­cially vi­able.

Her hard work at the club was re­warded last year, when she be­came the club’s youngest life mem­ber at 41 years old.

‘‘It’s very re­ward­ing be­ing in­volved in the club,’’ Ms Har­ris said.

‘‘We had all of our se­nior grades play in fi­nals this year which was spe­cial to me.

‘‘I watched most of the girls grow up and de­velop their net­ball from the ju­nior ranks.

‘‘I love my club and I want to do all I can to make sure it can sur­vive for many oth­ers to en­joy.

‘‘To be part of the Hid­den Trea­sures hon­our roll for help­ing out a club I love is very hum­bling.’’

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