Aussies awarded for helping others

Anne Thompson, recipient of Lismores Citizen of the Year, and Zoe Thornborough, Lismores Junior Citizen of the Year.

Their common goal is helping others and these two great Australians were awarded for their efforts at Lismores recent Australia Day celebrations.

Anne Thompson, recipient of Lismores Citizen of the Year (Senior) has worked tirelessly over the past five years, brightening up the lives of thousands of drought stricken farming families with Christmas Hampers.

Ann said she was nominated for the award by a Christmas hamper recipient, indicating the gratitude felt by the farming community.

Knowing that people on the coast really care is so important to these farming families, said Anne who has received hundreds of thank you cards, letters and emails for her efforts. And I couldnt have done my work without the generosity of the local community. They are the ones who donate, I just facilitate their generosity.

This year Anne sent out a record 754 hampers and wanted to thank all the volunteers who helped her pack them, specifically Karen Haggley, Julie Rhodes, Shirley Pirlo and Lex Teakle.

Lex is 80-years-old and used to come all the way from Ballina to Eltham to help out, said Anne. She told me it was the best thing she had ever done.

Lismores Junior Citizen of the Year, Zoe Thornborough from The Channon, is described as a quiet achiever and won the award for her charity work with St Vincent de Paul, Red Cross, Soup Kitchen and Amnesty International.

I was incredibly surprised when I won, said Zoe, who has just entered Year 12 at St Johns College Woodlawn. And now I have to prepare a speech to present in front of the whole school when I go back to school this week.

Zoe believes her mission in life is to help others, inspired by her work experience during Year 10 with Amnesty International where she was impressed by the passion and commitment of the Amnesty International team.

Im really interested in raising awareness in the community about some of the serious issues that are going on in the world, said Zoe. It is amazing how many people are unaware of the suffering.

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