Humble ambitions to help Roma
LONG-TIME local volunteer Margaret Edwards has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her service to the Roma community.
Mrs Edwards, 87, has been volunteering in and around Roma for as a long as she can remember, dating back to when her mother was heavily involved with volunteer work.
"I grew up with a good grounding in volunteer work because any of the things mum had to cater for we would help,” she said.
"I knew mum did all these things and didn't get paid for it, so I guess it was just instilled into me.”
Originally, Mrs Edwards was shocked to have received the letter in the mail, but now sees the award as an honour.
"When I opened the letter I didn't know whether to laugh or cry because it's just something you don't expect,” she said.
"With the response of some people, they nearly had me in tears because they were so happy for me.
"It is hitting me more and more with people now knowing and its a real honour and I never thought I would receive one of these.”
Despite dedicating a large part of her life to numerous clubs and community groups in Roma, Mrs Edwards said she would not have been able to do what she had done without the support of her husband, Gordon.
"Anybody who receives one of these medals could not have done it if they didn't have the support of their husband. My father was exactly the same with my mother,” she said.
Since moving to Roma in 1948, Mrs Edwards has
been part of the Bridge Club, the Anglican Church,
the Hospital Auxiliary, Anglican Church Deb,
Roma Bowls Club, Roma Golf Club, Roma Show Society and recently, she finished with the Big Rig in 2014 after 16 years.
"One day, one of my grandsons said to me, 'Granny do you get paid for this work' and I said no I don't, this is my contribution to my life on this earth,” Mrs Edwards said.
"I have a real thing about if people can, they should be involved in voluntary work and I have enjoyed all the things I have been involved in.”