Marilyn Stoneham says volunteering came naturally to her.
A volunteer for over 40 years, she says, “It’s in my blood.
“I find volunteering very rewarding as it makes me feel part of this community.
“I also enjoy meeting and creating friendships with like-minded people through my volunteer work.”
She first began volunteering as a coach for the Castle Hill RSL Gazelles Netball Club, before taking on the role as publicity officer, which included taking Saturday’s results to The Farm and Garden Newspaper on a Sunday morning. Their office was located on Old Northern Road, in Castle Hill.
From there, Marilyn was part of a group that initiated the Castle Hill Sports and Recreation Club, which eventually became known as the Green and White Gazelles Netball Club. Marilyn coached a team there for many years, as well as formed the first Hills married women’s netball team.
She has also given her time to Meals on Wheels, the Ladies Auxiliary at Castle Hill Public School, the Hills Amateur Swimming Club, Computer Pals, Justice of the Peace, and the Heritage Park and Castle Hill Showground 355 Committees.
Marilyn also ran the Castle Hill Neighbourhood Watch for an incredible 30 years.