Their mum wanted them to spend her savings on things that would help the local community. Just as she had done, herself, her entire life.
Audrey Prider was a volunteer extraordinaire. There’d hardly be a club or organisation around Warrnambool that she didn’t volunteer for, at some time. This is just the tip of the iceberg: she was an inaugural member of the Warrnambool Kennel Club, an inaugural member of the Warrnambool Fire Brigade’s Ladies Auxiliary, a life governor of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, a life member of the City Croquet Club, and a life governor of Lyndoch Living (where she served on the ladies auxiliary for more than half a century, and was a member of the board of management for 22 years). Lyndoch named its family-focused residence the Audrey Prider Centre in recognition of her service, and Warrnambool City Council honoured her with a citizenship award.
Audrey passed away on January 13, five months short of her 100th birthday. But her legacy lives on. The $6,735 donated today means our region is about to get its first Electrosurgical Unit. This piece of medical equipment will help locate, and destroy, cancer-forming polyps and tumours in the large bowel.
We cannot thank the Prider family, enough. One of whom is one of ours: SWH Environmental Services worker Phil Prider. He and his sisters Yvonne Bartlett (left) and Janet Newman (brother Ross Harper couldn’t make it) visited our Warrnambool Base Hospital this afternoon to make the donation in memory of their mum.