Noreen's sad farewell

NOREEN Ring will be very sad to say goodbye to Murwillumbah after 60 years.

As founder of the Murwillumbah Pink Ladies and a member for 26 years, Mrs Ring has become an institution around the hospital and town.

“I would like to thank the whole area for giving my husband and me 60 years of happy living,” she said yesterday at a farewell gathering.

Mrs Ring's husband Eddie, a well-known accountant, died six months ago and she now has no family in the area.

“I am moving to Melbourne where my two daughters and young grandchildren live,” she said.

“I'm very sad to be leaving Murwillumbah.

“I have lived in my house on Waterloo Street for 40 years and I'm not looking forward to leaving it.”

Mrs Ring started the Murwillumbah Pink Ladies group on February 18, 1983, because, she said, she loved being useful and found many people in hospital just needed to see a friendly face and have someone to talk to.

“It's lovely they're still going strong,” she said.

“I hope they continue on for many years to come.

The Pink Ladies were accepted by the hospital right from the start, Mrs Ring said.

“Our main focus has always been to make the patients' lives a bit happier.”

The group was originally named the Murwillumbah Pink Volunteers, Mrs Ring said, in anticipation of men joining the group, but when that did not happen they became the Pink Ladies.

Since the formation of the volunteer group there has been a Pink Lady rostered on for each ward at the hospital from Monday to Friday.

“A lot of patients have no relatives or friends nearby and just need somebody to talk to or run an errand.”

Mrs Ring was born in Montreal, married in Ireland and lived in England for a while before she and Eddie decided Australia was the place to bring up a family.

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