Zofia, 94, reaps pro­gram ben­e­fits

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis Those in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer should con­tact Mar­garet Dixon on 9832 4585

Zofia Kowal­czuk has been part of the Mt Druitt Neigh­bour Aid pro­gram for eight years and, at 94, is still go­ing strong and work­ing out.

MT DRUITT Neigh­bour Aid has been serv­ing the el­derly com­mu­nity since 1991 but now they are in need of vol­un­teers.

Neigh­bour Aid vol­un­teers spend two to three hours a week tak­ing their clients shop­ping or to med­i­cal ap­point­ments.

Man­ager Mar­garet Dixon has been in­volved with Neigh­bour Aid since its in­cep­tion and said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was in need of more vol­un­teers to con­tinue their work.

“It’s a very re­ward­ing job,” Ms Dixon said.

“The vol­un­teers are like a fam­ily. I feel like they’re my chil­dren.

“With­out our ded­i­cated vol­un­teers we would not be here.”

There are about 20 Neigh­bour Aid vol­un­teers and 35 clients, which means some of the vol­un­teers look af­ter two clients.

Ms Dixon said the vol­un­teers’ work was vi­tal be­cause it met the clients’ “phys­i­cal and emo­tional needs”.

Zofia Kowal­czuk has been part of the Neigh­bour Aid pro­gram for about eight years and at 94 is still go­ing strong.

Her friends at Neigh­bour Aid threw her a small birth- day party to celebrate her mile­stone.

Ms Kowal­czuk’s vol­un­teer Glen Coleman said the ex­er­cise classes pro­vided by Neigh­bour Aid al­lowed her to re­main as ac­tive as pos­si­ble.

“She’s al­ways been an ac­tive lady, but she’s at the stage where she can’t re­ally go out on her own now,” Ms Coleman said.

“She goes to the ex­er­cise classes and mixes with other clients. It’s some­where for her to go and look for­ward to.”

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