Border seniors pillars of their communities

TWO Border seniors awarded for their service to the area say giving back is just part of belonging to a community.

Albury’s Frank Lange and Howlong’s Jan Haynes received NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Awards from Member for Albury Greg Aplin yesterday.

Mrs Haynes’ passion for motivating people to be their best led her to start a weekly walking group to help with residents’ fitness and wellbeing.

She is also involved in the Howlong Life Learning Group, Citizens Group and Probus Club.

“I do it because I love it,” she said.

“I believe if you live in a community, you have to put back.”

Mr Lange, who works mostly with young people, said he got great satisfaction passing on his skills.

“If I can help somebody, I feel it’s a duty so they can enjoy life just as I do,” he said.

“To give back to the community is one of the greatest things we can do.”

He volunteers at Meals on Wheels, Age Concern Albury-Wodonga, Uiver Park Tennis Club, Mitta Mitta Canoe Club and the Manual Activities Centre.

“Frank is a believer in giving people an opportunity to be the best they can be and enjoy their life no matter what challenges they may face,” Mr Aplin said.

“Jan is a wonderful unsung hero of Howlong, full of energy and encouragement, whose volunteering and loving concern have enriched people’s lives over many years.”

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