Anna Bay Vinnies create a legacy for volunteer Lil

“The Thursday Girls” at Anna Bay Vinnies. Photo by Marian Sampson.
“The Thursday Girls” at Anna Bay Vinnies. Photo by Marian Sampson.

LIL Preston was born in New Zealand and arrived in Australia in the 1980s.

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It was at this time that her passion became voluntary work.

Lil had a dream to open an Op Shop and met Frank Carr who was coordinating the opening of the first Vinnies in Anna Bay.

This was Lil’s opportunity to be involved in her dream role and she went on to help run Vinnies at Anna Bay successfully for many years.

Fellow Vinnies Anna Bay volunteer Anya Stewart told News Of The Area, “I first met Lil after retiring to the quaint little village in 2006, when I popped into Vinnies to lend a hand.”

She believes that Lil had a passion, a special interest in the concerns of people who needed her most.

It was this passion that helped those people who are less fortunate in the community.

As it is today, every donation that came into Vinnies was a treasure to Lil, and everything had a purpose.

Lil couldn’t waste a thing.

She was a wonderful friend and support to many over the years.

“It is with great pleasure that in honour of you dear Lil, we the volunteers who knew and loved you, dedicate this little resting bench and garden, out front of your beloved Vinnies Anna Bay; you will be remembered and loved always, by every one of us at Vinnies Anna Bay,” she said.

The bench is recycled and was created with the help of the local Men’s Shed, the garden grown from seed, in memory of a tireless worker, who loved to repurpose, recycle and reuse, and help those in need in the community of Anna Bay.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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