Passion to help families lauded
Longtime volunteer donates her time to assisting those in need
IT’S humbling to discover Sallie Hammond’s life’s work – apart from raising a beautiful family – has been volunteering her time and skills to ensure other families have the same opportunities she provided her own.
For more than 30 years, Ms Hammond has volunteered at Fusion Western Sydney – her introduction to the organisation was as a 16-yearold helping to run a program for the homeless.
Her husband-to-be was one of the many kids who connected to the service, which is described as having “a heart for the wellbeing of the most vulnerable”.
Over the years, they both worked at Fusion.
While her husband has since left, Ms Hammond continues supporting families in the region as the organisation’s families training and support manager.
Ms Hammond said Fusion Western Sydney was not funded and the work was done by volunteers.
“I’ve always worked in an unpaid role, but I get a lot of support from people who liked what we were doing and helped us out in lots of different ways,” she said.
“Over the years, I’ve developed a families course, which has been taught all over Australia.
“Now we are training the trainers.”
Ms Hammond also has become an author with a book on families, which complements the course.
“It’s just gone to the printer ... it’s called Families: Mine, Yours, Ours, and it’s very much my story.
“Material from the course has been woven into my story – my children and my family.”
Ms Hammond’s ongoing work reflects the qualities of the Pride of Australia – to celebrate and acknowledge the remarkable contribution of members of the Australian community.
To nominate, visit prideof australia.com.au.
Details: fusionwestern sydney.org.au.
I’ve always worked in an unpaid role, but I get a lot of support from people who liked what we were doing and helped us out in lots of different ways
Picture: Carmela Roche