Our Hidden Treasures recognised

The Hidden Treasures of the Orange electorate have been brought into the spotlight in Forbes.

The ladies behind our very own Forbes CanAssist Dancing Stars were two of those added to the Honour Roll this year.

Terese Gunn and Cassandra Tyack were congratulated by Member for Orange Phil Donato at the function at the CWA hall on Friday.

The pair masterminded and drove the fundraiser that raised $200,000 to support local cancer patients over four incredible years.

Terese and Cassandra both said the whole experience was a privilege and had made them proud to be part of this beautiful, generous community.

"We couldn't do it without everybody else," Terese said. "There are too many people to thank."

They appreciate everyone who made it happen and of course the attendees who dug deep even though Forbes was hard hit by flood and drought in those years.

"It just kept surprising us every year," Cassandra said.

Can Assist's John Schrader is delighted Terese and Cassandra have been acknowledged.

"It's absolutely marvelous and very deserved," he told the Advocate.

"A lot of people wouldn't know how much work and effort they put into it. It was 12 months work and immense pressure as it got closer."

The funds raised over the four years, he said, have put the organisation in a very solid position as they seek to support families having cancer treatment financially.

Not only that, it all culminated in an enormously enjoyable evening every year.

The 2019 NSW Hidden Treasure Honour Roll is an annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries' Rural Women's Network.

Others to be recognised at the function were Pamela Bell from Peak Hill, Elizabeth Newstead of Molong and Rhonda Watt from Cumnock.

Peak Hill's Karryn Kead and Orange's Helen Karrasch are also named on the Honour Roll this year, but were not present on Friday.

Nominations for the 2020 Honour Roll will open on May 18 this year and the publication will be launched in Forbes at this year's Rural Women's Gathering.