City of Melville volunteers honoured for 25 years of service

City of Melville volunteers honoured for 25 years of service

FOUR residents from the City of Melville were presented with WA Volunteer Service Awards for 25 years or more service to a single organisation.

Bicton’s Christine Hughes has faithfully served Soroptimist International in the support of women and girls.

She has held many positions, including club president, and was a major contributor to the running of two gala concerts raising funds for the terminally-ill and for asthma camps.

Kevin Lang, also of Bicton, has served 49 years as a Justice of the Peace.

Willagee’s Arthur Strudwick has been an assistant Cub Scout leader for 28 with children aged eight to 10 years.

He has worked at Willagee Kardinya Scout Group and Bicton Scout Group, currently based at Leeuwin Scout Group.

“I started as a cub myself and in 1989 became a leader. I enjoy meeting people, being happy and getting out and doing things,” Mr Strudwick said.

Rose Howard, of Bull Creek was also given an award for her service to the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

She joined in 1980 and served on Board of Directors, and in finance, show and fundraising committees.

Mrs Howard volunteered for many years at YCWA Royal Show Tearooms and fundraising events.

In total, 52 people from across WA were recognised at the Constitutional Centre for collectively giving more than 2000 years collectively to volunteering.

The awards were introduced five years ago.

“Without volunteers, some organisations simply would not be able to provide services needed to support some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said.