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Hospital celebrates wonderful volunteers

Monday, 11th May, 2015

FWLHD Volunteer Manager, Mary Leehane with Colleen Pedler, a hospital kiosk volunteer; and Sandra Huynh, a Dementia/Delirium and Palliative Care Volunteer. FWLHD Volunteer Manager, Mary Leehane with Colleen Pedler, a hospital kiosk volunteer; and Sandra Huynh, a Dementia/Delirium and Palliative Care Volunteer.

By Emily Roberts

The Far West Local Health District will once again celebrate the contribution of its volunteers with various events.

The events will be held during National Volunteer Week which runs from May 11-17.

The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week is “Give Happy - Live Happy”.

FWLHD Volunteer Manager, Mary Leehane, said the Far West LHD wished to show its sincere appreciation for the contribution made by its many volunteers.

“International Volunteer Week is a time to highlight the appreciation the health service has for its many volunteers and the vital role they play in helping to provide a better level of care to our patients,” she said.

“Far West LHD Management and staff will attend the various events to celebrate the volunteers in acknowledgement of their hard work and their commitment to our organisation.”

Mrs Leehane said they were always trying to attract new volunteers.

“Volunteering has changed, especially in the way it is perceived,” she said.

“We are really grateful to our long-established volunteers, but we also appreciate people who can donate two hours or more of their time.

“We have an amazing group of volunteers.”

One volunteer has moved to the city and was eager to help out.

Sandra Huynh is a Dementia/Delirium and Palliative Care Volunteer.

“I’ve been involved with volunteering since I was in high school and when I moved out to the city, I found out about the position available,” she said.

“It’s a great way to give back to the community.”

Ms Huynh volunteers two days a week and said she talks, plays games and does puzzles with the dementia patients.

A hospital kiosk volunteer, Colleen Pedler has been volunteering there for three years.

“I needed something to do, was a bit idle and I can’t stand still,” Ms Pedler said.

“I volunteer two days a week, I love the friendship and the work.”

A special presentation as part of Volunteer Week will be held on Wednesday, May 13 at 11.30am at the University Department of Rural Health, Auditorium 2, during a barbecue lunch.

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