Lunch hon­ours lo­cal vol­un­teers for their tire­less ded­i­ca­tion

Alpine Observer - - News -

LO­CAL helpers were thanked for their con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity at a Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week cel­e­bra­tion at the Red Stag Deer Restau­rant on Wed­nes­day.

One hun­dred and forty vol­un­teers who as­sist with pro­grams run by Alpine Health, Alpine Shire Coun­cil and Com­mu­nity Ac­ces­si­bil­ity at­tended the lunch.

Some of the groups repre- sented at the lunch in­cluded the Hos­pi­tal Op Shops, Meals on Wheels, Planned Ac­tiv­ity Groups, Pet Pals, Pal­lia­tive Care, Aged Care, Ad­vo­cacy, Sup­port Groups and the Alpine Health Com­mu­nity and Health Ad­vi­sory Group­sCHAG.

Alpine Shire mayor Ron Janas was one of dig­ni­taries in at­ten­dance and thanked all vol­un­teers and high­lighted the high num­ber of com­mu­nity helpers in the Alpine Shire.

“About 30 per cent of the peo­ple in our shire vol­un­teer in some ca­pac­ity which is six per cent above the re­gional av­er­age and 11 per cent above the state av­er­age,” he said.

“I think those fig­ures in­di­cate the healthy state of our com­mu­nity, all these vol­un­teers make a dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­nity and con­trib­ute to mak­ing the Alpine Shire the beautiful place it is.

“We’re ex­tremely lucky and thank all the vol­un­teers for the work they do for us, whether that’s through things like Meals on Wheels or help­ing out with fes­ti­vals and events.”

Alpine Health chief ex­ec­u­tive Mr Lyn­don Seys made spe­cial men­tion of how in­di­vid­u­als com­ing to­gether to vol­un­teer can in­flu­ence the health and well­be­ing of our com­mu­nity.

He ex­plained how the Bright Hos­pi­tal Op Shop ded­i­cated vol­un­teers have turned pre-loved trea­sures into a $250,000 dona­tion to Alpine Health.

“This dona­tion has been used to pur­chase a dig­i­tal elec­tro­car­dio­gram (ECG) ma­chines for each Alpine Health Ur­gent Care depart­ment,” he said.

“The dig­i­tal ECGs have the ca­pac­ity to link the GP’s with the re­gional spe­cial­ists to man­age pa­tients with chest pain and are al­ready mak­ing an im­pact with the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of heart condi- tions for pa­tients since ar­riv­ing at our three hos­pi­tals in re­cent weeks.”

A num­ber of awards were pre­sented with Alpine Health Board of Man­age­ment deputy chair Chris­tine Walker also pre­sent­ing the Mt Beauty Hos­pi­tal and Kiewa Val­ley House Op Shop with a cer­tifi­cate to com­mem­o­rate their five year an­niver­sary while thank­ing the vol­un­teers for their achieve­ments, ef­forts and the com­mit­ment.

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