Jill Lawn’s 43 years of ser­vice

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

AF­TER more than 43 years sup­port­ing blood donors and the Red Cross, Jill Lawn will fin­ish up as a vol­un­teer at the Wan­garatta Blood Donor Cen­tre.

Ms Lawn be­gan vol­un­teer­ing when she re­lo­cated to Wan­garatta from Mel­bourne in 1974.

Ini­tially vol­un­teer­ing with the Red Cross, Ms Lawn and oth­ers would be picked up at one of the schools by Ro­tary drivers, and driven to re­gional towns to col­lect blood dona- tions, of­ten not re­turn­ing home un­til af­ter mid­night.

“We used to work ev­ery Tues­day af­ter work and would visit places like Ruther­glen, Beech­worth, Bright and Be­nalla,” Ms Lawn said.

Once Red Cross no longer needed vol­un­teers for the ser­vice and Ms Lawn fin­ished up work­ing at the Bendigo Bank she be­gan monthly shifts on the front desk at the town’s blood donor cen­tre.

She will com­plete her last shift next Thurs­day.

“I’m re­ally sad that I’m fin­ish­ing up but I think the time’s right, I’ve re­ally en­joyed it and it’s been great see­ing many fa­mil­iar faces I al­ready knew from when I worked at the bank,” she said.

“The house needs a lot of work in­side and out so I’ll spend next year do­ing that and also vis­it­ing one of my friends in pal­lia­tive care and fam­ily in Mel­bourne.”

Ms Lawn has also been in­volved with other com­mu­nity ser­vices in­clud­ing Meals on Wheels, which she’ll give away at the end of this year too.

Wan­garatta Blood Donor Cen­tre man­ager Kerry Hen­der­son said the 77 year-old will be sorely missed by staff and donors alike.

“Jill is a quiet achiever, has a great sense of hu­mour and knows many of the donors by name,” Ms Hen­der­son said.

“It’s been our plea­sure to have Jill as a vol­un­teer and we are so grate­ful for all the hours she gen­er­ously spent with us, she will cer­tainly be missed.”

PHOTO: Kylie Wil­son

VAL­UED VOL­UN­TEER: Jill Lawn is call­ing time af­ter 43 years as a vol­un­teer at the Wan­garatta Blood Donor Cen­tre.

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