Women vol­lies

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483066

Vol­un­teers Diane and Mar­garet Rud­wick with Shirley An­dru­siak.

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