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Long-term volunteer becomes Citizen of the Year


One of Children’s Medical Research Institute’s most long-standing volunteers has been awarded for her dedication to the cause and named as City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year.

Diana Mahony was announced as the 2019 Citizen of the Year this week. She has been associated with The Judith Hyam Memorial Trust Fund for Cancer Research since its foundation almost 30 years ago. As the President, Secretary and Trustee of the organisation, she has been instrumental in the achievements of the Fund, which to date has raised more than $1.2 million to support CMRI.

In her spare time, Diana also volunteers at St John’s Anglican Cathedral Parramatta and at CMRI where she is always on hand to assist with anything that needs to be done. At the end of 2018, Diana presented CMRI Director Professor Roger Reddell with an incredible $60,000 to celebrate CMRI turning 60 in 2019. This added to the $110,000 raised for CMRI by her committee last year.

Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson thanked her at a private ceremony to honour all the nominees.

“It brings me great pleasure to recognise extraordinary members of our community who, like Diana, dedicate a large amount of time and effort to volunteering, making an enormous and positive impact on those around them,” Cr Wilson said.

It was a particularly momentous occasion for Diana who had recently fallen and fractured her hip, requiring surgery, so accepted the award in a wheelchair.
Jean Wall, a member of the CMRI Beecroft Committee, was a finalist in the Senior Citizen of the Year category.

Several other volunteers from CMRI’s many fundraising committees have also been nominated for Australia Day Awards which will be announced in coming days.