Hand Spinners and Weavers receive volunteer awards from Amanda Rishworth

GENEROUS: Murray Bridge Hand Spinners and Weavers Guild members Marilyn Pope and Bessie Long with their awards from the Federal Minister for Kingston. Photo: Nick Grimm.
GENEROUS: Murray Bridge Hand Spinners and Weavers Guild members Marilyn Pope and Bessie Long with their awards from the Federal Minister for Kingston. Photo: Nick Grimm.

The Murray Bridge Hand Spinners and Weavers Guild have been awarded for their volunteering and donations to domestic violence services. 

Guild members Bessie Long and Marilyn Pope attended the Australian Volunteer Awards in Hallett Cove on November 20 where they received two awards: an individual award for Ms Long’s donations to the Women’s Safety Service and a group award for the guild’s assistance through the project.

Upon being told she would be awarded for her efforts, and that the guild would would also receive an award for their assistance, Ms Long said she couldn’t sleep for days. 

“I was so excited, it’s not everyday you can get an award like this,” she said. 

Ms Long said she was honoured to be awarded, but she didn’t do the work for praises. “I really just enjoy doing it,” she said.

“I like to donate to domestic violence services because, while every violence situation is very bad, children are impacted a lot of the time and I want to help the kids who can’t help themselves.”