Chance to give back at Bethanie

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

BETHANIE vol­un­teer of 20 years John Rior­dan (70) walks four days each week from his Su­bi­aco home to help seniors at the char­ity’s aged care cen­tre on Charles Street in West Perth.

“I do it for some­thing to do and to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity,” Mr Rior­dan said.

His non-paid work is among that of about 600 vol­un­teers at Bethanie’s cen­tres across WA.

The con­tri­bu­tions of all vol­un­teers in com­mu­nity groups will be recog­nised dur­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week from Mon­day. Mr Rior­dan helps the el­derly at the West Perth cen­tre with games, ac­tiv­i­ties and day trips.

He was in­tro­duced to the char­ity by his cousin 20 years ago, and ini­tially vol­un­teered at a Bethanie shop on Beau­fort Street in Perth.

He went to the cen­tre 15 years ago.

“All you need is pa­tience, un­der­stand­ing and a car­ing at­ti­tude,” he said.

He also does work around the cen­tre, in­clud­ing gar­den­ing, cook­ing, arts and crafts.

Bethanie clients Allison Shanahan (left) and Janet Bane with vol­un­teer John Rior­dan.

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