Lunch honours local volunteers for their tireless dedication
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.