Satisfaction in helping others
TEN years as a volunteer and there is no slowing down for Val Sypher.
Val was among a group of women honoured at the Cancer Council Queensland thank you party in Emerald on Tuesday.
On receiving the award for 10 years of volunteer service, Val said she got involved for the satisfaction of helping.
"I do it because I've had a lot of family members who have passed away from cancer,” she said.
"The generation before me was part of the generation that fought in World War Two and they encouraged them during the war to smoke.
"(I do it for) the satisfaction I get of knowing I'm making people aware of what's available through the Cancer Council and helping with Relay for Life that raises funds for research.”
During her years of volunteering, Val said she had made plenty of friends.
"As long as my health allows me, I'll keep volunteering,” she said.
"It is very dear to me.”
Valerie Korn and Bev Donohoe were also recognised for their work as Hope Ambassadors, organising fundraisers throughout the year.
"We are grateful for the support the community shows,” Valerie said.
"We wouldn't be able to do what we do without our community, volunteers and friends to support us.”