Desire to connect with others spurred long service volunteering

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JACK CONROY@nullalliedpress.co.nz

A hardworking Clutha woman says she is ‘‘shocked and humbled’’ to receive recognition for her efforts in community service.

Clinton resident Janet Noah was one of six volunteers from Clutha to receive a Clutha District Community Service Award earlier this month.

The annual event seeks to recognise those who go above and beyond in their community involvement.

Mrs Noah is involved in a variety of organisations and efforts in Clinton, keeping a busy schedule which was originally intended to help her and her husband meet people.

‘‘We moved to Clinton in 1993,’’ she said.

‘‘And our kids were past school so when you don’t have kids to help you meet people you’ve got to get out and join clubs and things.’’

Mrs Noah had been a member of the Clinton Golf Club since 2007 and was involved with catering fundraising to allow it to renovate its clubhouse kitchen and bar area.

She is also the current president of the Clinton Flower Show committee and involved with the Clinton Community Centre, helping at working bees and with catering.

She said the work she had achieved had always been assisted by other equally enthusiastic community members.

‘‘I’m only one person, there is always a team of people. I don’t do anything on my own apart from the mowing.’’

Mrs Noah mowed the Clinton cemetery grass about once every four days.

‘‘I like to do doing something. I’m not very good at sitting at home doing nothing. It’s rewarding when you’ve done something well.”

Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan said ‘‘volunteers provide resilience and cohesion in our communities and we owe these recipients a debt of gratitude for their commitment to our district.’’