Vi­sion of ser­vice in­tact for Jack

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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.

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