Lo­cals rel­ish Op­por­tu­nity to im­prove lives of aged care res­i­dents

NewsMail - - NEWS - Felic­ity Rip­per

MEET Maria White and Clare McGil­very, two of the many won­der­ful res­i­dents who vol­un­teer their time to sup­port Gun­ther Vil­lage aged care home.

Work­ing at the Gun­ther Vil­lage Op­por­tu­nity Shop in Gayndah, the pair take hours out of their week to sort and sell clothes to raise pro­ceeds for a cause close to home. But that’s not all they do. “We have plenty of singing and some­times we even dance – we just have a lot of fun vol­un­teer­ing here,” Mrs White said.

“If the cus­tomers come in and see you’re look­ing bored they’re not go­ing to have a good ex­pe­ri­ence so we want to en­joy our­selves.”

Along­side a dozen other vol­un­teers, Mrs White has been work­ing at Gun­ther Vil­lage Op­por­tu­nity Shop for around three years.

Mrs McGil­very was asked to help out at the shop just two months ago and she has al­ready en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We’re help­ing the home get ev­ery­thing that they need to make the res­i­dents’ lives com­fort­able,” Mrs McGil­very said.

The ladies said that be­ing able to see the di­rect im­pact their vol­un­teer­ing had was very re­ward­ing.

“It’s just great, see­ing them get what they need makes you feel re­ally warm,” Mrs McGil­very said.

Not only does their time at the shop give back to Gun­ther Vil­lage, but the ladies said they got a lot out of it per­son­ally.

“I’ve made a lot of friends work­ing here and every time I come in is an op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise,” Mrs White said.

“And you meet trav­ellers, peo­ple from out of town and lo­cals you haven’t got­ten to know yet,” Mrs McGil­very said.

They es­pe­cially love learn­ing about the ad­ven­tures of their cus­tomers and get­ting to know peo­ple.

“We had three sis­ters in here ear­lier who were very ex­cited be­cause they were head­ing out to Roma,” Mrs McGil­very said.

“They grew up in Roma and they had never been back since so they came in to buy a few items for their trip.”

Photo: Felic­ity Rip­per

GIV­ING BACK: Maria White and Clare McGil­very love vol­un­teer­ing at Gun­ther Vil­lage Op­por­tu­nity Shop.

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