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