Australia Day Honours 2021: May Blacka's home-made pies, bouquets make her a Cobargo treasure

Cobargo's May Blacka has supported local charities for more than 15 years by selling home-made pies and home-grown flowers.
Cobargo's May Blacka has supported local charities for more than 15 years by selling home-made pies and home-grown flowers.

Cobargo woman May Blacka is to be awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her fundraising services to the community.

Every year in the month of February, Ms Blacka raises money for charities by selling handmade pies and bouquets of flowers grown in her own garden.

"Since my husband passed away, I have spent the last 15 years raising money for some sort of charity," Ms Blacka said.

Ms Blacka remained humble in her gratitude to being awarded the OAM, believing there are locals more deserving than herself.

She mentioned the Cobargo firefighters and all the people who saved houses in the town.

"My neighbours stayed here and saved my house, otherwise I wouldn't be here," she said.

Next month Ms Blacka will be raising money for Blaze Aid, an organisation for whom she is very grateful.

"They've done a heck of a job for Cobargo, they're wonderful," she said.

 May Blacka (centre, front) captured in 2016 with her family, in receiving Cobargo Community Citizen of the Year.

May Blacka (centre, front) captured in 2016 with her family, in receiving Cobargo Community Citizen of the Year.

At the age of 88 she maintains her enthusiasm to help her community out.

Over the years Ms Blacka has supported the Cobargo Rugby League Football Club, CRABs (Cancer Research Advocate Bikers) Cancer Research and the Cobargo Rural Fire Service, among others.

On Australia Day 2016 she was named Cobargo's Community Citizen of the Year, and in 2018 was included in the NSW Department of Primary Industries Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.