She's been a star volunteer for the Blind Foundation for 30 years, and yesterday Imelda Hitchcock's hard work was recognised in Timaru.
Chairwoman of the Timaru committee, Mrs Hitchcock was a finalist in the Volunteer Recognition Awards at this year's Star Awards.
The ceremony was held in Auckland, but as Mrs Hitchcock was unable to attend, a luncheon was held for her with her family, friends and people she works with at the foundation.
Mrs Hitchcock said she was overwhelmed with the recognition and couldn't believe she placed in the top three of the esteemed award.
When she first started volunteering for the Blind Foundation 30 years ago, her husband told her "don't take on any official duties". She has since been chairwoman for 17 years and committee treasurer for eight years before that.
She has also been co-ordinator for both the Blind Week and Red puppy Appeal, raising over $6000 for each appeal.
The years have "just flown by" for Mrs Hitchcock, who said the volunteer work was very rewarding.
Although she has tried to pass on the chairperson duties, she said as long as she was healthy she would continue to give it a go.
National manager of volunteer services Alison Marshall said there are 1500 Blind Foundation volunteers nationwide.
Any of those volunteers are open to be nominated for a Star Award by colleagues, clients or other volunteers for having contributed to the culture and success of the foundation.
- The Timaru Herald