DAILY life is busier than ever for two women making time to help others through volunteering with Diabetes WA.
DAILY life is busier than ever for two women in their twilight years who make time to help others.
Shirley Andrusiak (78) became a volunteer with Diabetes WA about 23 years ago when doctors diagnosed her daughter with type 1 diabetes.
At the time, the Darlington mother of four was also a lecturer at Midland Tafe and a volunteer guide for Rottnest Island.
She puts together the charity’s welcome packs for people registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).
Mrs Andrusiak has been a Rottnest volunteer for 25 years.
In her spare time, the energetic grandmother spends time with family, meets friends for golf and plays drums with The Bassanovas. For the past five years, Diabetes WA has engaged the samba band to entertain runners at the Run for a Reason.
Diabetes WA recently thanked their volunteers as part of events to mark their service during National Volunteer Week.
Australian Red Cross recently paid tribute to Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) holder Margaret Rudwick for 41 years of service to the organisation.
She joined the Mundaring branch in 1977 and devoted time to each role in the group before she became the president.
“There are only two members left in the Mundaring group, myself and my daughter Diane,” she said.
The mother and daughter ambassadors, who regularly support charity appeals, made more than 200 poppies for the RSL on Anzac Day.
Volunteers Diane and Margaret Rudwick with Shirley Andrusiak.