Nominations are being encouraged for women volunteers for the 2014 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll to say thank you to those who help make a difference in their rural communities local State Member Pru Goward said today.

Ms Goward said the call for nominations coincided with National Volunteer Week (12-18 May) which is in its 25th anniversary year and is celebrating the power of volunteering.

“I would like to encourage anyone who knows of a valued female volunteer in our community to nominate them for this year’s NSW Hidden Treasures Honour Roll,” Ms Goward said.

“This initiative creates a lasting archive to formally recognise the women volunteers living and
working in rural, regional and remote NSW.

“The annual project started in 2010 and is helping to create a lasting archive and uncover inspirational quiet achievers, women who are so often the backbone of our community organisations.

“Rural women play an important role in ensuring the survival of many important community groups including charities, emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sporting organisations - without their valuable contributions some of these groups would simply not be able to continue their good work.

“Many volunteers do not seek the limelight and go about their work quietly and diligently, but
Hidden Treasure is an opportunity to say thank you to some outstanding women.”

Hidden Treasures is a joint project of the Rural Women’s Network (Department of Primary Industries) and The Centre for Volunteering, NSW.

“Volunteers are essential to rural and regional NSW and the NSW Government is proud to support this important initiative,” Ms Goward said.

“All women nominated will be included in the 2014 Roll which will be launched at the annual NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in Coolamon on 12-14 September 2014.”

To nominate simply complete your nomination online or download a nomination form and share a few paragraphs about why your nominee is worthy. To see who was on last year’s roll

For more information contact the Rural Women’s Network on 02 6391 3433 or email Nominations close Wednesday 16 July 2014.

Pru Goward

Member for Goulburn

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