By ROBYN BRISTOW
Pat Manning, who has been awarded a KiwiBank Local Hero Award for her voluntary work in the community, does it for the enjoyment.
“I don’t do it for thanks. I just do it because I enjoy it.
“I like doing those things and that is why I do it,” she says.
The former Hawarden teacher, who retired 24 years ago, says most of her volunteer work began when she retired after 30 years of teaching at Hawarden, firstly at the Hawarden District High School, which later became Hurunui College.
“I have lived in Hawarden for over 60 years. I came here in 1957 to teach and get married. After I had my children I went back teaching, before retiring in 1994,” she says.
Since leaving school she has been a ward committee member, on the local reserves committee, and has been the Hawarden Memorial Hall secretary.
Mrs Manning is a clerk and elder of the Hawarden Presbyterian Church and is involved with the community/school library, where she volunteers, and is on the Friends of the Hurunui Library.
She is the secretary of the local branch of the Red Cross and treasurer of the local Women’s Institute.
“I just do little things, like change the rubbish bag at the letter boxes.
“Just little things that people need to do,” she says.