June was born to help others
JUNE Mulcahy had her 80th birthday party on Sunday and she and her husband Tom were itching to tell everyone the news about her Order of Australia.
Now living in Laidley, Mrs Mulcahy was awarded her OAM for service to the community of Merriwa in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales through a range of health and aged care groups.
Mrs Mulcahy (pictured) was typically humble about the honour.
"I didn't expect this award. Frankly I feel there are people out there more deserving than I," she said.
"Since I was a child, I had an interest in helping people. It's been very rewarding work.
"I was keen to take part in volunteer work. Less and less are doing that kind of work these days but it's so important."
Her husband of 51 years was delighted for his wife.
"As you'd imagine, it's my greatest pleasure," Mr Mulcahy said.
"In '07 we moved up here. She was nominated by a particularly good friend of ours, a chap by the name of Reg Hinchey.
"He retired in 2000 and was chief superintendent of western Sydney in charge of the police force at the time.
"He was in Merriwa as a constable and we've known him since 1974 and he's been a personal friend since then."
Mrs Mulcahy was surrounded by family and friends over the weekend but she had to keep mum about her big news.
"June had her 80th birthday party yesterday and the unfortunate part about it was we couldn't say anything and we had 50-odd people out here," Mr Mulcahy said yesterday.
"It's got to be announced before you can say anything. It was pretty hard."
"June is in the nursing home but naturally she's home this morning for the big announcement."