Zofia, 94, reaps program benefits
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.”