Two Nelson Red Cross volunteers who have already put in more than 50 years of service between them have vowed to continue as long as they can.
Yesterday, Roy Oddy and Nicky Borras were recognised for their long service, along with another 13 Red Cross Tasman volunteers yesterday.
"We couldn't do this without you," Red Cross Tasman area manager Graeme Faulkner said.
"Some people out there are very lonely and they really do look forward to the daily visit by you people. You make such a big difference to a whole lot of people," he said.
Mrs Borras, 66, was given an award for her 30-year service, while Mr Oddy, 80, had his 20-year stint recognised in a function at Nelson Golf Club yesterday.
Both said they would carry on with their meals on wheels work.
"As long as I can keep driving, that's the main thing," said Mr Oddy who also helped out in the Red Cross stores.
"For some of those people, we are the only ones who visit them and at least they know someone's coming . . . they look forward to us coming."
Volunteering for the Red Cross was almost a family tradition for Mrs Borras, who decided to follow her mother into the organisation, while her daughter also volunteered in Christchurch.
"We do it because it's a service to the community," she said.
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