Una Connellan recognised for Ceduna Senior Citizens Village fundraising efforts

CERTIFICATE: Una Connellan with her certificate of appreciation from the Ceduna Hospital and Village Auxiliary. Picture: Supplied

CERTIFICATE: Una Connellan with her certificate of appreciation from the Ceduna Hospital and Village Auxiliary. Picture: Supplied

The Ceduna Hospital and Village Auxiliary has recognised Una Connellan for her fundraising efforts over the past three years.

Ms Connellan was presented with a certificate of appreciation after raising $6827.90 to assist with the room upgrades at the Ceduna Senior Citizens Village.

In that time she has knitted an estimated 1200 microwave mitts and pot holders.

"It was a big surprise to receive the certificate and I'm very honoured," she said.

Ms Connellan said her desire to assist the village was the driving force behind her years of knitting and sewing.

"I love helping people, and the village is a real passion - I love doing anything which can help benefit the village," she said.

"It is very important for the community as we all have somebody in the village we are related to or love, and sooner or later we will all be there.

"It is our future and we have to make sure it is at a good standard."

Ms Connellan has an outlet at the Flair on Eyre craft shop where she sells the items, while she is also present at events such as the Christmas Craft Fair.

All the material she uses is donated by the Ceduna community and she thanked those who help keep her going.

"I've been doing this for three years and as long as people donate material I will keep doing it," she said.

"I sew for around three hours a day - I keep to the microwave mitts and pot holders but would love to try something new, unfortunately there's no time to fiddle around.

"I have never had to buy material as people give me bundles of stuff, it is a very generous community."

Auxiliary secretary and treasurer Janet Jacobsen said they were appreciative of Ms Connellan's work, and the community for supporting her.

"She is tremendously supportive of the project we are doing and feels it is a project we need to complete because of the need for residential aged care," she said.

"It is a great achievement, her passion is wonderful, and she is continuing to do it which is amazing.

"Not one piece of material she has had to buy, and that generosity you can't measure in dollars."