She was nominated by the Catholic Woman’s Association of Australia- State Branch for her service to the community and for improving the status of women.
Molly’s granddaughter, Belinda Gray flew from Brisbane to be with her when she received the prestigious award.
The award was for any lady in their 90’s or older who have worked for their communities for many years, and Molly definitely fit the category. The Catholic Church is where her service to the community first shone, where Molly was described as the ‘backbone’ to the church.
Local priest, Paul McCabe, has witnessed Molly’s hard efforts and long service over a period of 30 years.
“Molly has done more for hospital and home visits than a community nurse might do,” he said.
Throughout the years, Molly has become a very successful business woman still owning the shop that is famous for its pink elephant Jumbo, ‘Heffernan’s.’
The Chamber Of Commerce awarded Molly an Excellence in Business Award in 2006.
Molly is also known for her garden which has been opened to the public for more than 15 years and has won the Moree Senior Citizen’s Garden Award.
Line dancing was a group Molly started which became very popular; she had never done it before but thought it would be a great fundraiser for the Catholic Church.
She is currently in the View Club, the president of the Catholic Woman’s League and still visits the elderly at Fairview.
Congratulations to Molly Heffernan on her award.