De­voted vol­un­teers made house a home

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By LACH­LAN DURLING

No mat­ter what time of the morn­ing, night, week­day or week­end, we could al­ways rely on this fab­u­lous duo — Vicki Forde

STAFF and vol­un­teers of the Heath­cote Com­mu­nity House shared a lunch and farewelled two com­mit­ted vol­un­teers.

Penny and De­nis Parker have been vol­un­teer­ing at the house for more than 10 years and they had a few tales to share.

Past and present vol­un­teers were on hand to say farewell, as the group shared fond mem­o­ries from through­out the years.

“Penny and De­nis have been part of so many events, ini­tia­tives, pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties over the years and were in­stru­men­tal in get­ting our gar­den main­te­nance crew up and run­ning, to help oth­ers in our com­mu­nity who needed a hand with their gar­den main­te­nance,” Heath­cote Com­mu­nity House co­or­di­na­tor Vicki Forde said.

“No mat­ter what time of the morn­ing, night, week­day or week­end, we could al­ways rely on this fab­u­lous duo.”

Penny and De­nis have also been on hand to men­tor many young peo­ple, as well as many new­com­ers to the re­gion, who came to vol­un­teer — and many have been given ad­vice on em­ploy­ment va­can­cies around the area too.

“They will be missed by all, but they prom­ise to come and visit reg­u­larly and are still on hand if we have any ur­gent need — bless their cot­ton socks, we can think up many ur­gen­cies,” Ms Forde said.

“Heath­cote Com­mu­nity House has been for­tu­nate with such great vol­un­teers, com­ing and go­ing as our needs re­quire, and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing more.”

Cur­rently there are am­ple vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals at the com­mu­nity house, and th­ese do change from time to time de­pend­ing on the need.

If you are in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing, con­tact Vicki on 0431 328 421.

Heath­cote Com­mu­nity House vol­un­teers Penny and De­nis Parker with co­or­di­na­tor Vicki Forde.

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