New heights of help­ing the home­less

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

A STRONG be­lief in the Aus­tralian mantra of “give every­one a fair go” is what got Rob Naughton into vol­un­teer­ing for an or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vid­ing ser­vices to peo­ple who are home­less.

The Green­wood res­i­dent, who has more than 40 years’ avi­a­tion ex­pe­ri­ence, is a con­trol cen­tre op­er­a­tor at Perth Air­port and has vol­un­teered as a ve­hi­cle man­ager for Or­ange Sky Laun­dry for two years.

Mr Naughton’s pas­sion for avi­a­tion, which be­gan as a child when he made pro­pel­lers out of bark, pegs and wooden boxes, is now matched by his de­sire to give back to the com­mu­nity and make a dif­fer­ence.

Af­ter hav­ing his first flight at 18 years old, Mr Naughton said he had “lived the dream”, work­ing in a dy­namic, ev­er­chang­ing in­dus­try with clever, mo­ti­vated peo­ple.

“I have been blessed to have had won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ences, filled with joy and ex­hil­a­ra­tion, lots of laughs, seen and met fan­tas­tic places and peo­ple, and at the end of the day gone home feel­ing I have ac­com­plished some­thing,” he said.

The 70-year-old said he wanted to vol­un­teer for Or­ange Sky Laun­dry be­cause of his “strong be­lief in the Aussie mantra, ‘give every­one a fair go’.”

“When Nic March­esi and Lu­cas Patch­ett (Or­ange Sky Laun­dry’s founders) were nom­i­nated as Young Aus­tralians of the Year, I was in­spired to try make a dif­fer­ence in some­one else’s life for the good,” he said.

“There are chal­lenges along the way; some­times things break down at a most in­con­ve­nient time, but this is for­got­ten when I meet up with my fel­low vol­un­teers and friends on the street.

“It is a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence but also very grat­i­fy­ing sud­denly find­ing you have this very large fam­ily depend­ing on you to per­form your role to the very high­est stan­dard and you mustn’t let them down.”

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Vol­un­teer Rob Naughton is a ve­hi­cle man­ager for Or­ange Sky Laun­dry.

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