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Honoured . . . Bronnie Grant (left) and Shelley Lithgow received life memberships of the Gore Playcentre last week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

BY MARGARET PHILLIPS

Two women who played a big part in establishing the Gore Kids Hub have been honoured with life memberships of the Gore Playcentre.

The two women were bestowed with the honours at the playcentre’s annual meeting last week.

Playcentre president Emma Poole said both women played a huge part in the building of the kids hub and securing the future of the Gore Playcentre.

The whole project is set to cost $1.7 million. That figure includes the yet-to-be completed public playground.

“They are supportive and committed members, always giving up their time to help where it is needed,” Miss Poole said.

“They have not only influenced and improved our playcentre, they have raised awareness within the Gore community [and] the value of supporting the early years of a child.”

Mrs Lithgow and Mrs Grant knew the other one was receiving the award, but were not aware they were in line as well.

“I knew about her and she knew about me,” Mrs Lithgow said.

Both women were Gore Kids Hub Trust trustees.

The two women’s involvement included Mrs Lithgow serving as president of the playcentre and Mrs Grant undertaking grant applications on behalf of the organisation.

The two women’s work with the hub was not finished.

Mrs Lithgow said encouraging organisations that would be new to the hub to use the venue was at the top of the list.

Twenty-four different groups had already used the venue, which was pleasing, she said.

“We know that’s only scratching the surface,” Mrs Lithgow said.

Getting organisations to would make it a true hub, Mrs Grant said.

Mrs Lithgow believed it would take five years for the full potential of the hub to be realised.