Our vol­un­teers given thanks

McIvor Times - - RABBIT STEW - By BRON­WYN LUMS­DEN

HEATHCOTE Health vol­un­teers were treated to a spe­cial morn­ing tea on Thurs­day to say thank you for their many com­bined years of ser­vice.

Ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant Michelle Chapman, who pro­vides on­go­ing sup­port for the hos­pi­tal’s vol­un­teers, said she was de­lighted with the turnout for the morn­ing tea af­ter many were un­able to at­tend the hos­pi­tal’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing where ser­vice awards are usu­ally an­nounced.

‘‘We didn’t think it was fair that our vol­un­teers should miss out just be­cause they are busy vol­un­teer­ing, so we de­cided to put on this morn­ing tea as a small way of ex­press­ing how much we ap­pre­ci­ate them and their work,’’ she said.

‘‘It was lovely to have such a broad range of vol­un­teers at our morn­ing tea to­day – we had vol­un­teers who as­sist us in pro­vid­ing ser­vices such as meals on wheels (driv­ers and jock­eys), aged care, pas­toral care, main­te­nance, gar­den­ing, planned ac­tiv­ity group, com­mu­nity vis­it­ing, bus driv­ing and some who have never met each other be­fore.

‘‘Vol­un­teers at Heathcote Health of­ten cross over into the other ar­eas so they are never ‘pi­geon­holed’ into one ser­vice, al­though some are pas­sion­ate about one area in par­tic­u­lar and choose to fo­cus on that.

‘‘Our heart­felt thanks go out to ev­ery Heathcote Health Vol- un­teer for their in­valu­able as­sis­tance, we value the time they are able to share with us each week.’’

Heathcote Health chief ex­ec­u­tive Dan Dou­glass pre­sented ser­vice awards to sev­eral vol­un­teers and echoed Ms Chapman’s sen­ti­ments.

‘‘My heart­felt thanks for ev­ery­thing you do for Heathcote Health,’’ he said.

‘‘We couldn’t of­fer the qual­ity of care that we do with­out you.’’

Long-serv­ing vol­un­teer Mar­ion Hollingsworth was pre­sented with a ser­vice award for her 35 years with Heathcote Health and the meals on wheels ser­vice, of which she was a found­ing mem­ber.

Char­lie Car­lin, Mar­garet Christey, Bill Dun­ston, Sandy Green, Denise and Peter Mar­ris all re­ceived awards for five years of ser­vice.

Any­one want­ing to vol­un­teer at Heathcote Health, call Michelle Chapman on 5431 0900, email michap­man@heath­cote­health.org, or drop into Heathcote Health re­cep­tion to pick up a vol­un­teer pack.

Heathcote Health vol­un­teers en­joyed a lunch in the hos­pi­tal’s new meet­ing room.

Mar­ion Hollingsworth re­ceived the hon­our of cut­ting the cake for Heathcote Health vol­un­teers on Thurs­day.

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