Vol­un­teer al­ways ready with a smile

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

SHE might be in her 80s, but that has not stopped Donna Hall from ded­i­cat­ing her time to bright­en­ing the lives of peo­ple at Mercy Place in Lath­lain.

The Bent­ley res­i­dent is ap­proach­ing her fifth year of vol­un­teer­ing at the aged-care fa­cil­ity and will be recog­nised at Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week next week.

Ms Hall (82) moved to Perth from Canada about 10 years ago and has vol­un­teered at the Lath­lain Mercy Health res­i­den­tial home.

Dur­ing her time, she has de­vel­oped many close re­la­tion­ships.

“I think you get what you give and I find vol­un­teer­ing my time ex­tremely re­ward­ing,” Ms Hall said.

“I’ve vis­ited se­niors in hos­pi­tals and re­tire­ment vil­lages for many years and in do­ing so I have been given the op­por­tu­nity to meet many won­der­ful peo­ple.

“I would rec­om­mend vol­un­teer­ing to any­one be­cause there are so many ben­e­fits – it’s just a case of work­ing out how you would most like to help.”

Mercy Health state man­ager Anita Ghose said the or­gan­i­sa­tion val­ued its highly ded­i­cated vol­un­teers like Ms Hall.

“We have a won­der­ful group of highly com­mit­ted vol­un­teers of all ages and we are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for their sup­port, as are our res­i­dents,” Ms Ghose said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties at Mercy Place, call Lor­raine Wal­lis on 9361 8969.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d453249

Donna Hall has a chat with res­i­dent Iris Holt.

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