Vol­un­teers keep ac­tive

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

VOL­UN­TEER­ING has pro­vided a re­newed sense of pur­pose and “zest for life” to re­tired Aus­tralind cou­ple Val and Suzanne Saun­ders.

The pair of­fer their time to var­i­ous groups, with Mr Saun­ders help­ing Rid­ing for the Dis­abled As­so­ci­a­tion South West and Mrs Saun­ders vol­un­teer­ing at St Ni­cholas Angli­can Church.

The gen­er­ous duo are also heav­ily in­volved in not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Parkin­son’s WA, co­or­di­nat­ing monthly sup­port groups in Bun­bury and con­ven­ing the weekly Park­inSong pro­gram.

Mr Saun­ders, who was di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s six years ago, said in­volve­ment with the group of­fered sup­port to him and oth­ers who had the dis­ease.

“It keeps us busy,” Mr Saun­ders said.

“I re­ally think vol­un­teer­ing is a great way to keep your wits about you and main­tain a zest for life.”

Mr and Mrs Saun­ders sing in Parkin­son’s WA’s Park­inSong choir, for peo­ple with Parkin­son’s, as well part­ners and car­ers. The choir meets at the Bun­bury Re­gional Art Gal­leries each week to en­sure those with Parkin­son’s keep their voices ac­tive.

“It’s good sup­port for one another,” Mrs Saun­ders said.

“Singing in a group, peo­ple can be afraid, but it is great sup­port and we make a good sound.

“When peo­ple hear us sing they are as­tounded – it re­ally is good fun.”

Speak­ing to the Har­vey-Wa­roona Reporter dur­ing last week’s Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, Mr and Mrs Saun­ders said their vol­un­teer­ing work was re­ward­ing.

“It keeps us in­volved and con­nected to peo­ple,” Mrs Saun­ders said.

“It gives a sense of pur­pose and it is quite fulfilling.”

Pic­ture: Zach Relph

Suzanne and Val Saun­ders, of Aus­tralind, en­joy vol­un­teer­ing while in re­tire­ment.

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