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Thirty-three cheers for Oxfam volunteer

A DEDICATED Omagh Oxfam volunteer of 33 years – who refuses to let even a major heart operation get in they way of her shifts – was full of smiles on Tuesday as she celebrated her birthday in-store alongside her beloved colleagues and loyal customers.

On the day, Maureen Masterson was presented with a very special cake as well as flowers, as the many in attendance paid tribute to her decades of work, which has seen her tirelessly and selflessly helping vulnerable people in crisis around the world.

Very fittingly too, the popular Omagh lady’s birthday falls just two days before International Volunteer Day, which is took place world-wide on Thursday – giving yet another cause for celebration!

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Ian McMahon, Oxfam Omagh’s shop manager, said that Maureen was simply a ‘true inspiration’.

“Maureen has been volunteering with us for more than three decades, since Oxfam first came to Omagh,” he said. “Despite having had a major operation recently, Maureen still comes into the shop for her shifts two days a week. She is such a lovely lady. So modest, genuine and caring, and we all consider her to be the ‘mammy’ of the shop’s staff and volunteers.

“She puts in a lot of hard work in our back room, sorting and preparing stock for sale, and we are so proud to have her.”

Ian added, “Maureen is one of many in our team at the Market Street store who have given decades of service to Oxfam Ireland’s life-saving work in the fight against poverty and inequality.

“So on International Volunteer Day we pay tribute by recognising the hard work and commitment of all of our volunteers for kindly giving something extra special back to the local community and for generously raising money to help those vulnerable people in need and in crisis around the globe.”

• Oxfam’s Omagh store is looking for additional enthusiastic people eager to volunteer in the shop. If you have an interest in volunteering, or would like to donate clothing, homewares, books or music, please pop into the shop on 46 Market Street or contact Ian on 028 8224 5269.

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