Donated hours have huge impact


Image: The volunteers who received their 1000 hours of service to the hospital. (L-R) Felicity Lillingston, Glen Warman, Marina Bremner, Director of Mission Colin Keogh, Robbie Arnold, Val Gorey, Bill Dalgleish, Kee Chia, Janice Luscombe, Brian Luscombe and CEO John Fogarty.

Eleven volunteers who have collectively donated over 15,000 hours of their time to helping St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s patients were recognized at the annual volunteer Christmas celebration.

The hospital’s Volunteer Services Coordinator Helen Jackson said the occasion provided the opportunity to acknowledge the volunteers’ contributions, and in particular, those who had donated over 1000 hours of service.

“Our volunteers contribute significantly to the caring community of our hospital,” says Ms Jackson.

“We thank them sincerely for their efforts; their ongoing commitment to our organization and their generosity in giving their time to support our patients, their families and other caregivers.”

The volunteers, whose ages range from 63 to 80, work in a variety of areas at the hospital, including the Murdoch Community Hospice, the Endoscopy Unit, the Gift Shop and Day Procedure Unit.

Bullcreek residents Brian and Janice Luscombe have been volunteering at the hospital for 16 and 21 years respectively, starting in the coffee shop and pushing the ward gift trolley and now volunteering in the gift shop.

“It’s been a wonderful experience,” says Janice. “We really enjoy making the patients and visitors feel welcome.”

Bateman resident Kee Chia has spent 11 years providing patients with complementary therapies in the Murdoch Community Hospice, and recently received a valued citizen award from the City of Melville.

“It is very close to my heart – I just want to help people,” says Mr Chia.

“I love to see the positive change in people after I have I treated them with Reiki.”

Ms Jackson says there is evidence of a new generation of people becoming interested in volunteering.

“Younger people see volunteering as an opportunity to develop their career, as well as to become good citizens,” says Ms Jackson.

“A diverse range of people are now part of volunteering at our hospital, including medical students and semi-retired professionals.”

“These people are realising the enormous value of giving back to the community.”

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