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Berrigan Red Cross Shop has won the 2017 Murray Regional Volunteer of the Year Team.
It was presented with the honour at the regional awards ceremony in Albury on Wednesday, and will now go on to contest a state award.
Shop volunteers Lyndall Horne and Ann Ackerly were accompanied by Berrigan Red Cross branch president Marion Dickins at the event, where they received the award from Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley.
Mrs Dickins said it was a well deserved award for so many of the hard working volunteers.
‘‘The volunteer service to support community members in time of hardship, locally, within Australia and overseas is to be commended,’’ she said.
‘‘Last year the shop net proceeds totalled $25,000 — a remarkable result for a town population of just 992.
‘‘Many friendships have developed over the years, the volunteers enjoy their work and are very proud of their achievements.’’
In July this year, thieves broke into the Berrigan Red Cross Shop and stole more than $800. But Mrs Dickins said this award has given the volunteers renewed hope.
‘‘When you get kicked you have to pick yourself up and get back to it.
‘‘Our opp shop is well known in the district so we’re all very grateful for the recognition, although it’s not about winning; there are so many volunteers across NSW and Australia who work for the Red Cross.
‘‘And there are many volunteers working with other charities and community groups across this country who work just as hard,’’ Mrs Dickins said.
The state awards ceremony is to be held in Sydney in December.
Berrigan Red Cross Shop has 44 volunteers and has operated since 1969.
(From left) Marion Dickins, Lyndall Horne and Ann Ackerly accept the Berrigan Red Cross Shop’s award from Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley.