An announcement recently took Christine Richards totally by surprise.
She was watching a Zoom announcement of the 2021 Volunteer of the Year awards for the South Coast with some fellow volunteers when she heard a familiar name.
Christine was shocked when her name was read out as the South Coast's Senior Volunteer of the Year.
Members attended a Zoom ceremony on Wednesday and were delighted when Christine won, along with other groups and individuals.
She had just heard about so many other great volunteers and volunteer organisations and was impressed.
The Ulladulla resident thought others deserved awards and needed recognition.
The long-term Milton Ulladulla United Hospital Auxiliary volunteer wanted to thank the people who nominated her.
"You don't become a volunteer to get recognition," she said.
"You do it [volunteer work] to help people."
By being a volunteer Christine has helped many people over the years.
One of the things she is proud of the most is the role the auxiliary played in setting up the Milton Ulladulla Hospital's renal unit.
"It means people don't have to travel as much to get treatment," she said about the renal unit.
"I think everybody should be proud of the renal unit."
The dedicated volunteer added there were many other charities doing great work in the community.
"We also have many generous people in the community," she said.
"I love my community."
She mentions the friendships you make and seeing what you can achieve as other reasons why people should become a volunteer.
When it comes to winning the overall state award Christine is taking the - well just don't know approach.
Christine will now attend the state awards to be held in Sydney on December 12.
Christine joined the Milton Ulladulla United Hospital Auxiliary Branch in 2001 and has held the social secretary position for 11 years.
Christine's role of social secretary is important and involves keeping members connected and engaged by organising events such as coffee catch-ups, monthly dinners followed by trivia nights, movie charity events, and manages the member attendance records.
The social secretary also looks after the welfare of Auxiliary members, touching base with members when unwell, both in-person and written.
Christine is also a member of the Auxiliary's visitation team where team members visit patients in the hospital.
The visitation team members chat with patients, read the newspapers and alert the hospital social worker if the patient has needs.
Christine would be a familiar face to many people in the Ulladulla district.
She works on the Auxiliary street stalls, raffle ticket sales, and Bunnings' barbecues.
Christine always makes herself available and is a hardworking and well-respected member of the Auxiliary.
Auxiliary president Judy Bond who is also a VIEW Club zone councillor knows Christine well from their roles in both organisations.
"I can only give her the highest praise for the work she has done in both organisations," Judy said.
"Nothing has ever been too much trouble for her.
"Christine has put her heart and soul into everything she has done, there has never been a conflict with all the jobs she has taken on.
"She never fails to amaze me that she can juggle each task she undertakes. Above all, she is an honest person who I am proud to have worked with me as a volunteer."
Christine also volunteers with three other charitable organisations.- the VIEW Club's Smith Family Learning for Life program, Sarah Claydon Op Shop and St Martins Church.