Medal for long-time volunteer Fran

MARK SCOTTNorth West Telegraph

Long-time resident Fran Carter has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for more than 40 years of community service in the Hedland community.

The 80-year-old has spent more than half her life helping out around the community, including 35 years working in the hospital shop, working as an original member of Meals on Wheels, as a member for the Country Women’s Association and working with St Vincent de Paul’s and a variety of committees and boards around town.

Mrs Carter said she hoped the award would encourage other people to get involved.

“I think it’s wonderful and I thank the people who nominated me, it’s nice to be thanked like this,” she said.

“I mostly just work at St Vinnie’s and the church nowadays, but I’ll keep that up and keep helping out.”

Mrs Carter’s husband, Port Hedland councillor Arnold Carter, said the Order was an acknowledgement of the enormous amount his wife had given to the community over the years.

“She always spends time for other people, helping out other people however she can…if they can’t do it, she’ll do it for them,” he said.

“She’s hardly ever home because she’s out volunteering around the place.

“There’s not many around like her nowadays and it’s nice to see her recognised.”

Mrs Carter will fly to Perth in coming months to be formally presented with the award.

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