EDNA LANDS A TOP GONG
Top honour for op shop legend Edna
THREE incredible Tweed residents have been given the highest recognition, with an award at this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. They include Edna Gorton - one of the most well-loved residents of Murwillumbah - whose smiling face is always on hand to help those who enter the Tweed Palliative Support op shop. Our other two award recipients include Keith Kennedy and Dr Barry Kirby.
IT’S rare to walk past the Tweed Palliative Support Op Shop without seeing the smiling face of 84-year-old Edna Gorton behind the counter.
The Murwillumbah legend has spent the last 11 years volunteering six days a week at the charity store, which raises much-needed funds for TPS’S Wedgetail Retreat hospice.
Ms Gorton’s tireless commitment to charity and the community made her a stand-out recipient on this year’s Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List.
While she said she was shocked to receive an Order of Australia Medal, she felt privileged to continue helping the community.
“I just like (volunteering) because I love people,” Ms Gorton said.
“I love talking to people and I’ve met so many lovely customers.
“I worked for 14 years at the Salvos before my husband got sick. I looked after him for two years. I went to St Vinnies, I was there for two weeks and broke my leg.
“I had to ring TPS to ask for a wheelchair and they asked me to volunteer once I was better.
“All the money we make goes to our hospice. It’s totally community-based. We don’t get anything from the government. The shop and donations are keeping the hospice going.” Tweed Palliative Support president Meredith Dennis said all the volunteers and customers loved Ms Gorton’s enthusiasm in the shop.
“At 84, Edna has more energy and verve than most people half her age,” Ms Dennis said.
“We are incredibly proud of Edna on receiving this well-deserved recognition and award.
“Her contribution to the success of Tweed Palliative Support and Wedgetail Retreat is crucial to keeping the only NSW adults’ community hospice open and operating.”
Ms Gorton has previously won the Local Achievement Award at the NSW Seniors Festival 2017 as well as Tweed Shire Council’s Volunteer of the Year in 2011.
❝ I just like volunteering because I love people.
— Edna Gorton
WELL DONE: Edna Gorton from the Tweed Palliative Support op shop, Queen Street, Murwillumbah is receiving the OAM for her services to the community.
CONGRATULATIONS: Edna Gorton from the Tweed Palliative Support op shop, Queen Street, Murwillumbah is receiving the OAM for her services to the community.