Ber­ri­gan’s Trea­sure

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Ber­ri­gan’s Lyn­dall Horne has been in­cluded on the pres­ti­gious NSW Hid­den Trea­sure Hon­our Roll.

The lo­cal vol­un­teer is known for her roles as Ber­ri­gan Red Cross trea­surer and Ber­ri­gan Show sec­re­tary.

The Hid­den Trea­sure Hon­our Roll recog­nises ru­ral women for their achieve­ments, and the an­nounce­ment of her in­clu­sion came as quite a shock. ‘‘It’s an hon­our,’’ Mrs Horne. ‘‘I’m lucky that I have time on my hands to take part in vol­un­teer­ing. It’s very re­ward­ing to my­self and the peo­ple who help.

‘‘It’s also very ben­e­fi­cial to char­ity and the com­mu­nity to do vol­un­teer work.’’

Mrs Horne started vol­un­teer­ing at the Ber­ri­gan Red Cross shop in 2009. Although she doesn’t serve cus­tomers as much as she used to, her main fo­cus as trea­surer is ‘‘keep­ing the books in check’’.

Red Cross vol­un­teer­ing is syn­ony­mous with the Horne fam­ily, with Lyn­dall’s son Andrew awarded the Youth Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Award at the NSW Aus­tralian Red Cross AGM last month.

‘‘The Red Cross is both a ma­jor do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional char­ity,’’ Mrs Horne said.

‘‘It’s well known among our com­mu­nity and they know about our store and the hard work of the vol­un­teers.

‘‘I also work as a Red Cross emer­gency ser­vices vol­un­teer. Our role is to pro­vide per­sonal sup­port dur­ing bush­fires.

‘‘Thank­fully I haven’t be­ing ac­ti­vated for that work yet,’’ she said.

Mrs Horne started as a Ber­ri­gan Show com­mit­tee mem­ber in 2008 and has been sec­re­tary for the past five years.

‘‘It’s prob­a­bly the big­gest com­mu­nity event we have in Ber­ri­gan out­side of football and net­ball.

‘‘I have to ded­i­cate a day per week through­out the year to the show and pretty much be­come full time the closer it gets to the day.’’

Mrs Horne moved to Ber­ri­gan 32 years ago when she met and mar­ried lo­cal man Peter Horne.

The cou­ple have three chil­dren, and since hav­ing chil­dren Mrs Horne has helped her hus­band with the farm by do­ing the book­work.

But Mrs Horne’s vol­un­teer work in Ber­ri­gan ex­tends beyond the past 10 years with Red Cross and the lo­cal show.

She vol­un­teered for the Par­ents and Friends com­mit­tees at Ber­ri­gan Pre-school and St Columba’s Pri­mary School.

Next year Mrs Horne will travel to New Zealand for the Breast Can­cer Net­work of Aus­tralia’s South Is­land Trek.

This isn’t her first breast can­cer trek in ex­otic lo­ca­tions across the world, hav­ing pre­vi­ously trekked the Great Wall of China and El Camino in Spain.

Mrs Horne will be host­ing a high tea fundraiser on Novem­ber 12 for the Breast Can­cer Net­work of Aus­tralia, high­light­ing her other com­mu­nity com­mit­ment to can­cer re­search.

Lyn­dall Horne (right) as­sist­ing Chris­tine Meyer with a pur­chase at Ber­ri­gan’s Red Cross shop.

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