Mum inspires young Elly to great things

ELLY Smith was just five months old when her mother, Alice, died from cancer.

Her mother's death inspired Elly, now 10, to participate last year in the Cancer Council's Relay 4 Life, raising an amazing $1000 for the charity - the highest amount raised by one person.

The inspiring youngster was named the Young Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day Awards in Grafton on Monday, alongside Citizen of the Year winner Pauline Plant.

Elly, of Waterview Heights, said she was surprised to win the award but was very happy.

Her father, Phillip Smith, said he was 'proud as punch' of his daughter.

Another well-deserving winner on Monday was Joy Phelps. The retired nurse won the Good Neighbour Award for her contribution to neighbours in the small community of Woombah, including organising bus trips and assisting the local ambulance service when needed.

Creative Visual and Performing Arts Award winner, Sister Anne Gallagher, has devoted the past 40 years of her life to hundreds of students in the Clarence Valley through her music teaching and contributed significantly to the community.

Other much-deserving winners on the day were singer Joseph Gallagher; young sports star Garnet Williams; lawn bowler Brian Hyatt, as well as respected community group the Maclean Lower River Hospital Auxiliary.



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