“You don’t need to be great to be good.” Molly Clark was both.
Arriving in Canberra in 1972, she began volunteering with the YWCA, a group she had been regularly supporting since 1956.
She inaugurated the Auxilliary of the Blind Society in Canberra in 1981 and spotted a gap in the market - catering for small events. With her volunteer team of home cooks, the Molly and the 20-woman Auxiliary had raised over $65,000 in 7 years to provide educational equipment for the then 300 visually impaired Canberrans, from babies to the aged.
Molly’s interest in improving the quality of life for disadvantaged people extended beyond the YWCA and the Blind Society. During 1993 she helped establish St Andrews Village, then continued to raise funds for it, help in the hostel shop and read to blind residents. In 2001 she was involved with the Save the Children Fund.
Molly Clark was named Canberra Citizen of the Year in 1993 for her voluntary work for the disadvantaged people in the community.
Further biographical detail about Molly Clark is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.
The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.
Image Source: Canberra Times, 12 June 1995, page 1, photographer Richard Briggs.