EDNA LANDS A TOP GONG

Top hon­our for op shop leg­end Edna

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Ais­ling Brennan ais­ling.brennan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

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

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

WELL DONE: Edna Gor­ton from the Tweed Pal­lia­tive Sup­port op shop, Queen Street, Mur­willum­bah is re­ceiv­ing the OAM for her ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS: Edna Gor­ton from the Tweed Pal­lia­tive Sup­port op shop, Queen Street, Mur­willum­bah is re­ceiv­ing the OAM for her ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

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