Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

THE hard­work­ing vol­un­teers at Mt Druitt Neigh­bour Aid re­cently cel­e­brated the group’s 25th birth­day at Rooty Hill RSL.

Neigh­bour Aid pro­vides so­cial sup­port and out­ings for peo­ple who are el­derly and of­ten iso­lated.

Ac­cord­ing to co-or­di­na­tor Mar­garet Dixon, a sil­ver an­niver­sary was only pos­si­ble be­cause of a mag­nif­i­cent group of vol­un­teers, some of whom have been on board since the be­gin­ning.

“The clients al­ways say won­der­ful things about the vol­un­teers. They ring me up and say ‘such and such has been great, life wouldn’t be the same with­out them’,” Ms Dixon said.

Mt Druitt Neigh­bour Aid pairs clients with a vol­un­teer who will help them visit the doc­tor, go shop­ping or take them for a walk. They also reg­u­larly take groups to or­gan­ised lunches and oc­ca­sion­ally go on longer road trips.

Eight years ago the or­gan­i­sa­tion started a light ex­er­cise class.

Ms Dixon, 75, of Rooty Hill, started the or­gan­i­sa­tion and said her child­hood bat­tles with po­lio were her mo­ti­va­tion to spend her life help­ing oth­ers.

Other foun­da­tion vol­un­teers in­clude Tony Kay, Fay Bur­ton and Ros­alind Wilson.

Pa­tri­cia Hask­ins, Mau­reen Buck­ley, Mar­garet Dixon, Krys­tal Mad­den and Mau­reen Busst form the com­mit­tee that over­sees Neigh­bour Aid, mak­ing sure it re­mains fi­nan­cially sound.

Mt Druitt Neigh­bour Aid is al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers to help put a bright spot in some­one’s week. Details: 9832 4585.

Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Mt Druitt Neigh­bour Aid vol­un­teers Tony Kay, Ros­alind Wilson, Mar­garet Dixon and Fay Bur­ton have been recog­nised for 25 years of service.

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