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Thumbs up to Logan volunteers for lending a hand

Published: 22 May 2015

Thumbs up to Logan volunteers for lending a hand
White Wreath Association members Ruth Avenell, CEO Fanita Clark (centre) and Luars Milnis with Mayor Pam Parker after receiving the Davida Steele memorial award for Volunteer Group of the Year

A library volunteer whose efforts to break down the barriers of social isolation for elderly people, while undergoing a private battle of her own, has been named Logan's Volunteer of the Year.

Robyn Crimmins has volunteered for Logan City Council Libraries 'Home Library Service' for over 20 years, assisting clients who are unable to visit public libraries due to illness or frailty.

Robyn was recognised with the 2015 Frank Lenz Memorial Award at the Logan Loves Volunteers breakfast held at the Logan Entertainment Centre on Saturday 16 May.

Mayor Parker said Robyn's choice to continue volunteering for the home library service while she received treatment for breast and bone cancer was a remarkably selfless act.

"There is no doubt Robyn has been a passionate contributor to Logan's home library service over many years," Cr Parker sad.

"What is remarkable is that Robyn continued to be an important presence in the lives of so many people in our community while facing great adversity of her own.

"At a time when most people would understandably take a step back from their work Robyn not only kept volunteering with the library, she also raised vital funds for cancer research."

Mayor Parker said Logan's volunteers were the quiet heroes who supported some of the community's most vulnerable members.

"There are over 7000 volunteers in Logan giving their time to ensure those who need a hand have someone to rely on," she said.

"They could be driving a bus, serving up a meal or delivering library books to people in their homes like Robyn has for the last 20 years.

"So many community services and local organisations depend on the kindness and goodwill of volunteers so we hold the Logan Loves Volunteers breakfast to show them how much we value their contributions."

The Davida Steele Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Organisation was also awarded on the day to the White Wreath Association (WWA).

The WWA introduced White Wreath Day in 'Remembrance of all Victims of Suicide'.

White Wreath Day - held on the 29 May each year – aims to raise community understanding and highlight the social impacts of mental illness and suicide.

The WWA plans to establish safe haven centres where sufferers of mental illness and their families can receive appropriate treatment and care.

Mayor Parker said the WWA's efforts to remove the stigma attached to mental illness and to provide support to the family and friends of suicide victims had made an important contribution to public discussion and understanding of those issues.