TAKING care of those grieving and less fortunate has always been a priority for Audrey Blood, and this has earned her the title of Hawkesbury Australia Day Citizen of the Year for 2013.
Ms Blood has continually given up her time as a member of the War Widows Guild of Australia for more than 20 years.
She has served as NSW State President from 2003-2006 and is currently serving as National President of the Guild.
A war widow herself, she has provided advocacy and support to war widows all over Australia. In April last year, she travelled to Gallipoli to lay an official wreath at the dawn service on behalf of war widows.
Ms Blood’s accomplishments were recognised nationally when she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002 for her outstanding commitment to our nation and war widows.
For the past 30 years Ms Blood has volunteered with many organisations including Voice Interest Education For Women Club (VIEW) for the Smith Family, Meals-On-Wheels driver, Compassionate Friends of Bereaved Parents, Hospital auxiliaries, medical support groups and the SES.
Ms Blood was surprised, yet honoured to have been named Citizen of the Year.
“What an exceptional honour and one I did not expect,” Ms Blood said.
“I have certainly lived an interesting life, and the benefits from it have been great.
“I would like to thank the person who nominated me for this award and all my family and friends for their support.”