Vol­un­teers spring to life

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - JESSIE TOL­SON

THE Spring­board pro­gram has sprung into ac­tion this week with Lend Lease ex­ec­u­tives join­ing forces with lo­cal vol­un­teers to help the com­mu­nity.

The multi­na­tional prop­erty de­vel­op­ment com­pany’s Spring­board project is aimed at giv­ing back to not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and pro­vid­ing its em­ploy­ees with cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences and has teamed up with Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre for the third year.

All vol­un­teers were split across the six dif­fer­ent projects - three at the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, two at the Moss­man State High School and for the first time Spring­board came to the Moss­man hospi­tal.

Katie Ames has vol­un­teered her time and is ded­i­cated to help­ing ex­tend the liv­ing area at the hospi­tal.

“I’ve had a lot to do with the hospi­tal when my daugh­ter was here in pal­lia­tive care and she passed away 18 months ago,” she said. “I learnt about the pal­lia­tive care and thought it would be nice to do some­thing for aged care sec­tion.

“I have been here two days and it’s been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Spring­board pro­gram or­gan­iser Michelle Mccarthy was get­ting her hands dirty with the vol­un­teers at the hospi­tal.

“We’re ex­tend­ing the liv­ing area be­cause they are short on space and putting a much-needed ramp in for res­i­dent so they can ac­cess the gar­den,” she said.

“If they want to go to the gar­den at the mo­ment they need the as­sis­tance of nurs­ing staff and the area will be a place for fam­ily to take them for some privacy be­cause they live in a communal ward.

Over at the high school the vol­un­teers are de­vel­op­ing work­ing on hor­ti­cul­tural projects and so­cial area land­scap­ing and at the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre they are im­prov­ing in­fra­struc­ture at the Men’s Shed, de­vel­op­ing the gar­den and flexirespite cen­tre.

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