Eu­nice Lyons: Dubbo’s long­est serv­ing Pink Lady

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By DARCEE NIXON

ON be­half of the Pink Ladies at Dubbo Base Hos­pi­tal, Jenny Kelly spoke with Dubbo Photo News to recog­nise the un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment of their long­est serv­ing volunteer.

Eu­nice Lyons joined Pink Ladies back in 1982 be­cause she was look­ing for some­thing else to do, and 36 years later she has said that she loved ev­ery minute of it.

“She went along and they first said, ‘Oh dear you are very young to be join­ing Pink Ladies,’ be­cause she was ob­vi­ously only 45,” Jenny told Dubbo Photo News.

“She started off do­ing the li­brary run, which meant that she went down to the town li­brary to pick books up to re­place the ones they’d had the week be­fore.

“She then took over the trea­surer’s job – she has been do­ing that now for 29 years. Part of that job was for her to do the pur­chas­ing for all the equip­ment and things that we bought for the hos­pi­tal, us­ing the money we re­ceived through do­na­tions.

“Each de­part­ment is asked if they have a wish list as such, and then as soon as we have the money to ful­fil the wish list we go ahead and pur­chase all of the goods. Eu­nice was in charge of all of that.

“In the hos­pi­tal she has been work­ing in the wards, in on­col­ogy and in men­tal health. Back then when she first started, they used to do other things, but this is what she has been do­ing lately.

“She also used to li­aise with Men­tal Health, which is some­thing that Pink Ladies do not usu­ally do, and go over and make sure they had cloth­ing. An­other thing she did was run the cloth­ing pool for Pink Ladies, which is a damn big job!”

How­ever, due to ill health, she has had to re­sign her po­si­tion as trea­surer.

“Over the years she has re­ceived volunteer awards and awards for Se­nior’s Week, which meant a lot to her. Last year we nom­i­nated her for a Life Mem­ber­ship award from the United Health As­so­ci­a­tion (UHA), which she got. She was re­ally hon­oured – the first pink lady to re­ceive that award.

“The UHA Life Mem­ber­ship was awarded in Tweed Heads last Oc­to­ber, but Eu­nice wasn’t well enough to at­tend, so her son Wayne went and ac­cepted the award on her be­half.

“Ev­ery­body in the hos­pi­tal all know and as­so­ciate Pink Ladies with Eu­nice. If you men­tion Pink Ladies they’ll say ‘oh yeah, lit­tle Eu­nice Lyons’.

“The part she loved most about it was the rap­port with the pa­tients and the staff in the hos­pi­tal, and the op­por­tu­nity of meet­ing peo­ple from all walks of life.

“She went out of her way to go over and above (every­one’s expectations). It wasn’t just once a week to fill a ros­ter – she has de­voted her whole life to it,” Jenny said.

Eu­nice Lyons pic­tured af­ter re­ceiv­ing her 2010 NSW Se­niors Week Achieve­ment Award. PHOTO: YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY/FILE

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