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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.

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