Local fundraising extraordinaire, Mrs Ada Staader has been presented with a Premier’s Award for her services to the community.

Mrs Staader, aged 88, was recognised at a morning tea hosted by the State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery, in Wallsend this morning.

Mrs Staader is a tireless volunteer in the Wallsend community where she hosts an annual Biggest Morning Tea.  Over the 20 years Mrs Staader has been hosting her morning tea, she has raised more than $60,000.

It all began back in 1999 when Mrs Staader’s brother was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

The Premier’s Award recognises individuals throughout NSW who have substantially contributed to the improvement of the quality of life of members of their community and Mrs Staader is the only recipient from the local area this year.

“Ada is a great credit to the Wallsend community, an embodiment of our volunteer spirit and desire to help out others,” said Ms Hornery.

“This year she raised $6,000, including $1,000 for the Mark Hughes Foundation Beanies for Cancer, which beats her previous record set in 2016, when she brought in an impressive $4,615.

“Ada never stops giving. I am not sure where she finds the energy to continue to do all the work she does. At age 88, she continues to work tirelessly every year for her morning tea, often getting up at 4am on the day to bake more than 100 scones for the people who drop by early on their way to work.

“She is thoroughly deserving of this Premier’s Award for all of her efforts to help raise money for our community,” said Ms Hornery.

“I salute Ada for all her hard work and look forward to next year’s Biggest Morning Tea.”