AFTER 30 years at the helm of Leeton Can Assist, Shirley Wood has handed the baton over to Margaret Baulch.
Mrs Wood was the founding president of the branch and said she decided some time ago it was time to step down.
She remains as a member and publicity officer of the organisation and would like to see
it continue to grow.
“One of the highlights would be the fact we have been so successful in what we do for the community,” Mrs Wood said.
“We’ve given assistance to many people and that is why you get involved in the first place – to help people.
“That would have to be followed by the generosity of the people of Leeton.
“The money we raise stays in town to help people here and I think the community connects with that aspect of it.”
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the group, with a celebration planned to mark the occasion.
Mrs Baulch said the shoes left behind by Mrs Wood would be hard to fill.
“It’s quite daunting, but in a good way,” she said.
“I’d like to keep the group working the way it is and maybe attract some younger members.
“We would also like to continue to follow in Shirley’s footsteps because she has done such a wonderful job.
“We want to keep giving back to the community.”
The organisation held a coin line fund-raiser in Pine Avenue on Friday, with close to $1000 raised.
There was also the branch’s version of the “wheelbarrow roll”, where wheelbarrows were wheeled up and down the street for people to toss their loose change into.
NEW Leeton Can Assist president Marg Baulch (left) and former president, who served in the role for 30 years, Shirley Wood at the branch’s coin line fund-raiser on Friday.
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