Let­ter to the edi­tor:

The Tatura Guardian - - News - — Ruth McCracken

Vol­un­teer­ing leads to

happy, full life

I first started vol­un­teer­ing when my two boys went to the pri­mary school in Tatura.

They were hand­i­capped (not men­tally) and the teacher Fred Polk ac­cepted them as pupils; they were both in wheel­chairs.

My hus­band and I were very grate­ful.

I of­fered to be­come pres­i­dent in the school’s moth­ers’ club.

This started me on a vol­un­teer­ing life.

Any­thing in­volv­ing our four chil­dren was helped by my hus­band and my­self.

We be­came very com­mu­ni­ty­minded.

Foot­ball, ten­nis, cricket, back­tos, many years ago, queen com­pe­ti­tions — any­thing for Tatura we were in­volved, our boys and our two daugh­ters all went with us, we had a won­der­ful time to­gether and the chil­dren had a happy so­cial life as well.

In later years we joined the Lions Club of Tatura and were more in­volved with many events.

Our vol­un­teer­ing kept us busy and happy.

It keeps your mind off trou­bles and makes you a hap­pier per­son.

I found my­self read­ing the pa­per and bring­ing a batch of scones to Moy­ola.

Do­ing the write-ups in the Guardian for Tatura Footy Club, as well as cook­ing for the footy ladies.

It was all a lot of fun and didn’t seem like work.

All this made me a happy per­son and gave me much sat­is­fac­tion.

Now I am liv­ing in the lovely Moy­ola with my hus­band Ted and I do lit­tle things to help.

We are so lucky to have the aged fa­cil­ity here with our friendly and won­der­ful staff and some in­ter­est­ing en­ter­tain­ment.

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