Vision of service intact for Jack
JACK Greenaway (87) is Vision Australia Radio’s oldest volunteer.
He was inspired to join two decades ago when his brother lost his eyesight.
The Wembley Downs resident was one of more than 70 volunteers recognised at the station’s awards ceremony in Como on May 17.
“I began volunteering 23 years ago after my brother lost his eyesight in his one remaining eye to macular degeneration, which was unfortunate as he lost the other eye in an accident some years earlier,” he said.
“Working at the station gives me a sense of fulfilment. Knowing that I’m giving back to my community and working with wonderful people is what has kept me volunteering for so many years.”
Volunteer co-ordinator Brigid Barry said National Volunteer Week was an opportunity to honour the station’s dedicated broadcast team.
“Our wonderful Vision Australia Radio volunteers like Jack contribute hours of their time to ensure this essential news and information radio reading service can be heard by Perth’s low vision and blind community,” she said.
Vision Australia Radio broadcasts in Perth on 990AM.
A VOLUNTEER role blossomed into a lifelong friendship for Caroline Kellow and Dorothy Morris.
Ms Kellow joined Citizen Advocacy Perth West in 2008 and shortly after was introduced to Ms Morris, who lived in supported accommodation in Gwelup with other women with disabilities.
Her role was to provide social support and friendship and the pair quickly bonded over a shared interest in arts.
She became a trusted confidante and acted as a chaperone on many dates after Ms Morris confided she hoped to find a partner and get married.
But Ms Morris was still enamoured with a man she had met 15 years previously, Darryl, who had moved to Albany.
With help from Ms Kellow, she made several visits to Albany and the relationship grew into a marriage proposal, with her friend by her side as bridesmaid at the wedding.
The friends have maintained their relationship despite the distance, with visits to Perth and Albany and regular phone calls.
For Ms Kellow, it has been an invaluable experience.
“Changes are incremental and cumulative, but profound,” she said.
Citizen Advocacy fosters trusting relationships between advocates and people with intellectual disabilities to offer support without conflict of interest.
It will hold a free information session on Saturday, May 26, from 9am at 2A, 28 Guthrie Street, Osborne Park.
Call 9445 9991.
Dorothy Morris with Caroline Kellow on her wedding day.