Walcha Quota Club, NSW, Australia
Coral Westfold is Walcha’s Quota Club nomination for Volunteer of the Year. Coral has been a member of our club for 18 years and has 100% attendance for all those years. She was Vice President for two years, first in charge of the projects committee and then the following year the Social/Fund raising committee before becoming the Treasurer for four years from 2003/2007 and also a member of the Budget committee. She was the club’s delegate to International Convention in Brisbane in 2006.
Coral has worked on all the club’s Cancer Council street stalls for Daffodil day and Pink Ribbon Day since joining the club.
She has taken her turn on all our rosters willingly and reliably, selling tickets, doing meals on wheels, cooking for the aged men’s group morning teas. She is a representative on the Walcha Australia Day committee organising the tea, coffee, dampers and juices for Breakfast in the Park every year.
With backing from the club she is solely responsible for the improvements, extension and maintenance of the Walcha Quota Park. It is estimated that she works at least one full day per week keeping the Park up to date.
Coral works for the Walcha branch of Legacy on their street stalls and all fund raising events, she also accompanies them to assist where needed with the elderly ladies.
Coral is an active member and has been president of the RSL Women’s Auxiliary for a number of years. She helps in the organisation for the Anzac Day luncheon every year. Coral is also an active member of the Walcha Garden Club looking after the gardens at our Aged Care Hostel and other town projects. She has been the treasurer for the past five years.
When the local Anglican Church had a shortage of funds and could no longer pay her a small hourly rate Coral undertook the job of spending many unpaid hours buying plants and organising mulch to keep the church grounds in order. She continues to maintain the gardens with the help of some other volunteers from parish.
Her commitment to her club and community did not diminish when the family purchased a local business as well as her husband having an excavating business. She helps out in the business whenever needed and can be relied upon to be there when required.This was graphically shown when her daughter and shop manager developed breast cancer and had to undergo many debilitating treatments. Her husband is a Vietnam veteran and this has also brought health problems for him from time to time but she copes with all these demands in a positive and organised way. A real role model to others as a wife, mother and friend. Many Quota home dinners and the occasional visit by the garden club shows her generous nature and willingness to share her life with others.
Coral is a valued member of the club and our local community. Coral shares a wealth of knowledge in her gardening and organisational talents with other club members. Coral is a valued member of our club and is always on hand to assist with all our activities and therefore we nominate Coral for the Volunteer of the Year award.