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