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.