Vol­un­teer­ing is the best thing I’ve done

Campaspe News - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

WHEN Rus­sell Chap­man re­tired af­ter 44 years work­ing at Murray Goul­burn he was look­ing for some­thing to do.

That was un­til his wife saw in the Cam­paspe News that the hos­pi­tal was look­ing for vol­un­teers. That was al­most 12 months ago. And the rest, as they say, is his­tory. Rochester and El­more Dis­trict Health Ser­vice are again on the hunt for pas­sion­ate and hard-work­ing vol­un­teers this Vol­un­to­ber. That is vol­un­teers this Oc­to­ber. ‘‘It is the best thing I have ever done,’’ Rus­sell said.

‘‘It is so re­ward­ing to just go around to the res­i­dents and talk to them.

‘‘Some of them don’t have any fam­ily who visit them or can’t very of­ten so they re­ally en­joy see­ing a friendly face every now and then.

‘‘It is great.’’

They re­ally en­joy hav­ing some­one there to help out and get them out­side their four walls

Rus­sell said as a vol­un­teer you can do a va­ri­ety of things.

‘‘I orig­i­nally ap­plied to be a bus driver, which I do oc­ca­sion­ally,’’ he said.

‘‘But I do bingo, take the res­i­dents out­side when the weather is nice, play games with them and just sit and chat.

‘‘They re­ally en­joy hav­ing some­one there to help out and get them out­side their four walls.

‘‘We muck around a bit, which is nice to see them laugh­ing.’’

REDHS vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Paula Grech said they are for­tu­nate to have many vol­un­teers across the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘Com­mit­ment can be as lit­tle as an hour a week or as many days as they like, there’s al­ways some­thing to do and it can lift the spir­its of the vol­un­teers and res­i­dents,’’ she said.

‘‘It would be great to get some younger peo­ple on board to add a dif­fer­ent as­pect here, and it’s re­ally about what you get out of it as well as what you put in.’’

REDHS cur­rently has 66 vol­un­teers who are in­valu­able, and the ac­tiv­i­ties that oc­cur at REDHS could not get done with­out their help.

To raise your hand and be­come a vol­un­teer like Rus­sell con­tact Paula on 5484 4328 or pgrech@redhs.com.au

— Rus­sell Chap­man

Rus­sell Chap­man is urg­ing peo­ple to get in­volved at REDHS.

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