Lil a tire­less vol­un­teer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

LIL DON­ALD would vol­un­teer for Food Res­cue ev­ery day if she could.

But two or three days a week will have to do for the 76-yearold Waterford res­i­dent at the Unit­ingCare West’s Bel­mont-based site, which is set up to help dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple.

“It makes me feel good to know I’m help­ing the less for­tu­nate,” she said.

“We help lots of peo­ple from sin­gle moth­ers to mi­grants and so on.”

Mrs Don­ald’s ef­forts have been recog­nised by be­ing named as a fi­nal­ist in Vol­un­teer­ing WA’s Peo­ple’s Choice Spirit of Vol­un­teer­ing Award, which will be an­nounced on May 10.

“When I found out I was nom­i­nated I thought to my­self, ‘I don’t want to give a speech’ but it’s very nice to be a fi­nal­ist,” she said.

“All the fi­nal­ists de­serve the award, they are all quite im­pres­sive.

“I just hope one of my bosses gives the LONG-TIME South Perth res­i­dent Neil John­son, who has re­cently moved to Walpole, is also a fi­nal­ist in the same cat­e­gory.

Mr John­son has been ac­tively vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity for over 54 years, with var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Park­erville Chil­dren's Home, Perth Zoo, Old Mill, His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and Young Aus­tralia League.

He has will­ingly ac­cepted any task in his vol­un­teer roles, in­clud­ing ter­mite col­lect­ing to feed num­bats at Perth Zoo, shak­ing fundrais­ing tins and run­ning events for Park­erville.

Ex­pect­ing noth­ing in re­turn, vol­un­teer­ing is in Neil’s blood and his ser­vice has con­trib­uted to the com­mu­nity in many ways. speech for me if I’m lucky enough to win the award.”

Mrs Don­ald’s role at Food Res­cue is the first time she has vol­un­teered any­where.

“I’ve been in­volved with Food Res­cue since 2012 af­ter my hus­band knew the woman who used to run it,” she said.

“She sug­gested to me that I should do it af­ter my mum passed away that year.

“I’d never done vol­un­teer­ing be­fore be­cause I was busy look­ing af­ter her, but I thought it was a great idea.

“We are all friends here, it’s a team ef­fort to get the job done,” she said.

Lil Don­ald hard at work at Food Res­cue.

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