Rare Can­cer So­ci­ety ac­co­lade for vol­un­teer Bar­bara Day

Bush Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Bar­bara Day of Pahiatua has been pre­sented with a Can­cer So­ci­ety Life Mem­ber­ship. Bar­bara re­ceived the hon­our at the Bush Multi-sport com­plex be­fore mem­bers and friends and all of her fam­ily, join­ing three other life mem­bers.

Over 30 years ago Bar­bara joined the Pahiatua Vol­un­teer Group of the Manawatu¯ Can­cer So­ci­ety as one of the orig­i­nal vol­un­teers.

Ever since she has been ac­tive in a man­age­ment and sup­port role co-or­di­nat­ing Daf­fodil Day in Pahiatua, vol­un­teer­ing in the Re­lay For Life Sur­vivors Tent and dis­tribut­ing Sun­smart Re­sources to events such as Wha¯ nau Ora Day and the Kevin Laskey Cy­cle Tour.

These are the more pub­lic fea­tures of her ser­vice, but her sup­port for can­cer suf­fer­ers, es­pe­cially in their great­est times of need, is even more sig­nif­i­cant, the so­ci­ety said.

She has or­gan­ised meals to be de­liv­ered to pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, ar­ranged to get pa­tients to their ap­point­ments and set up bak­ing bees to sup­ply Ad­dis House in Palmer­ston North so that pa­tients and staff are sup­ported.

Bar­bara was em­bar­rassed at be­ing sin­gled out for Life Mem­ber­ship, say­ing it was a group award.

She said other vol­un­teers and their spouses have all been kind and ded­i­cated to the cause of al­le­vi­at­ing suf­fer­ing, which has made her task as co­or­di­na­tor in Pahiatua much eas­ier.

“Since I have known Bar­bara she has al­ways been a will­ing and sup­port­ive per­son,” Tararua Field Of­fi­cer Shirley Walker said.

“I just need to con­tact her to ask her to do any­thing in the com­mu­nity and it gets done.

“She by her­self will do it or a vol­un­teer is con­tacted. Bar­bara is a very car­ing, ded­i­cated Can­cer So­ci­ety vol­un­teer and is very wor­thy of this Life Mem­ber­ship Award.”

Bar­bara Day and hus­band Ian.

Bar­bara and Ian with their fam­ily, from left An­drew, Richard, Cather­ine, Christo­pher and wife Rena.

Bill Bly, rep­re­sent­ing the Manawatu¯ Can­cer So­ci­ety, presents Bar­bara Day with her Life Mem­ber­ship and flow­ers on Satur­day Novem­ber 24 at Bush Multi-Sport.

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