The Oxfam shop in Portadown recently held a special event to recognise the hard work and commitment of six of its volunteers.
Many of the team at the High Street store have given decades of service to the charity and between them the six local ladies who were recently honoured have given more than 120 years’ dedication.
Ita Hendron has been volunteering with Oxfam for more than 40 years; Rosaleen McNally and Lorraine Lyttle have both given 20-plus years’ service; while Norma Downey, Maura McGurgan and Evelyn McClue all first started with Oxfam more than 14 years ago.
To mark the occasion Oxfam Ireland’s district retail manager Mark Kinneen presented the volunteers with bouquets of flowers, Thank You cards and special gold and silver badges to commemorate their long-standing dedication.
The presentation offered a rare opportunity for the entire team of staff and volunteers to gather and share in the success with their colleagues.
Oxfam Portadown shop manager Agnes Quinn said: “We wanted to pay tribute to the service that the team have given to Oxfam over the years, so we decided to organise a special presentation as a ‘thank you’.
“The event was a great success and it was wonderful to have the team together to celebrate all that our hard work has achieved.
“It’s impossible to measure the enormous contribution that the team has made over many years, by ‘giving something back’ both to the local community and to people living in poverty across the world.”
Oxfam Ireland’s district retail manager Mark Kinneen said: “We wish to thank the entire team at this special event, which is well deserved after many years of outstanding service, dedicated to raising money to help those in need and in crisis around the globe.”
Oxfam Portadown is looking for additional people to volunteer in the shop. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact shop manager Agnes Quinn on 028 3833 4270 orcall in and speak to someone at the Oxfam shop on 2A High Street.
Oxfam Ireland has shops across Ireland, north and south, selling everything from clothes, jewellery and homewares to books, music and other donated goods. These include the specialist shops, Oxfam Books, Oxfam Bridal and Oxfam Home.
Oxfam Ireland is a member of Oxfam International, a confederation of 18 organisations working together in more than 90 countries as part of a global network of people and organisations who won’t live with poverty. Visit www.oxfamireland.org.