Camden Hospital Auxiliary president named 2019 Woman of the Year

Pleasant surprise: Camden Auxiliary Hospital president Helen Evans was named Camden's Woman of the Year for 2019. Picture: Chris Lane
Pleasant surprise: Camden Auxiliary Hospital president Helen Evans was named Camden's Woman of the Year for 2019. Picture: Chris Lane

Helen Evans has dedicated the past 15 years of her life to making Camden Hospital a better place for patients and employees.

The Camden South resident has now been rewarded for her tireless efforts.

Mrs Evans has been chosen as Camden's Woman of the Year for 2019.

The passionate volunteer said she was delighted by the accolade.

"To be truthful I was surprised and just so proud to have even been nominated," Mrs Evans said.

"I was lost for words.

"I am not sure who nominated me but I have my suspicions."

Mrs Evans has been a member of the Camden Hospital Auxiliary for the past 15 years.

She is the current president but has served in many roles throughout the years.

"It gives me real pleasure to do things that help other people," Mrs Evans said.

"We raise funds to help the hospital buy new equipment.

"I am proud to have been doing it for so long."

The auxiliary's biggest fundraiser is the raffle of a hand-made cubby house which is drawn at the Camden Show each year.

Over the past 10 years, Cedarwood Homes has helped to raise more than $82,000 for the Camden Hospital Auxillary by building the cubby houses.

Last year's raffle raised $12,000.

Auxiliary volunteers sell tickets across Camden including at locations along Argyle Street and in the Narellan Town Centre.

"Volunteering is a great way to communicate and connect with people in the community," Mrs Evans said.

"It's nice to be able to do something that can help out the community.

"We always welcome new members so people can come along to meetings and see what we do and how we do it.

"There is great satisfaction in helping others."

Mrs Evans said being named woman of the year reinforced her love of caring for the Camden community.

"It's great to do things for the community and I would love for more people to come and join us as well," she said.

The Camden Hospital Auxiliary are currently selling raffle tickets for the Cedarwood Homes Cubby House outside Lowes at Narellan Town Centre.