THREE volunteers from the same family received a special thanks at Friday night’s Gawler Show season launch.
Leonie Rex and her daughters Lizzie, 27, and Hannah, 22, each received volunteer service awards in recognition of their time spent helping to run the show.
Mrs Rex, who received her 13-year award, first began volunteering with the Gawler Show in the mid-1990s, first as a steward in the produce section, and then, after some time off while her children were in school, returned a couple of years ago to lend assistance in an administrative capacity.
Her daughters have also both been involved for several years, with Lizzie receiving her 17-year award and this year acting as Youth Team liaison, Gawler Show junior vice-president and also helping in the show office.
Hannah, who has volunteered for 12 years, is the Gawler Show photographer and will also be helping to judge the photography competition.
Lizzie said, while it can sometimes be hard work, volunteering with the show has been incredibly rewarding.
“It is nice to have people coming together to help out – nothing beats it,” she said.
Gawler Show secretary Kate Cowell said it is great to have long-term volunteers involved with the show.
“They know how the show works and they are able to pass that knowledge onto the new volunteers that help, so it’s really important,” she said.
“The contribution young people make to the show is immeasurable and we really enjoy having them around.” Service awards were also handed out to the show’s sponsors.