Recognised for a life time of 'giving'

Monica Knight and Andrew Gee March 2015Web

Local MP Andrew Gee with 2015 NSW Senior Local Achievement Award Winner, Monica Knight 

83 year-old Monica Knight was honoured at a local awards ceremony this week receiving one of only two 2015 NSW Senior Local Achievement Awards for the Orange LGA. Local MP Andrew Gee presented the award at a ceremony attended by proud family members and friends.

The NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Awards provides an opportunity for MPs and local communities to recognise the seniors in their area that contribute to making their community an invigorating, inspiring, active and healthy place to live.

Monica was nominated for her continual work behind the scenes as a volunteer for several organisations in the community.

A mother of nine and originally from Eugowra, Monica has continued serving others despite also dealing with her own grief over the last 18 months.  During that time her husband of 60 years and her eldest son passed away.

Her service to the community includes cooking breakfast for underprivileged children and caring for single mothers struggling with life. It also includes her extraordinary work with the Prison Fellowship Australia. As part of the Orange Court Support Group which began in Orange in 2002, Monica opens her home each year to raise funds for ‘Angel Tree’. The funds raised enables parents in prison to give a gift at Christmas time to their children.

This year a surplus enabled a sponsorship for two children of inmates to attend a camp organised by Prison Fellowship. Monica believes that kids are often the innocent parties and deserve support.

Monica also volunteers at St Vincent De Paul shop each week and cooks once a month for Vinnies Café; a project which involves over 70 volunteers.

“Volunteering gives me a great sense of satisfaction. I feel as if I am helping to give people a better quality of life,” says Monica.

“I am lucky - my life has been blessed with lots of love and a big family” she says.

Many people in Orange have their lives changed for the better by this gentle, caring humble lady. Her tireless work and contribution makRecognisees her a well - deserved recipient of the 2015 Senior Local Achievement Award.

When asked what inspires her, Monica responded “You will find life by giving life, hope by giving hope, and love by giving love.”

Monica is a fine example of how to stay mentally well by actively ‘staying connected’ and contributing back to her community.