I feel very fortunate to have spent 11 years as a volunteer in the Outpatients’ Oncology in the West Wing, where I have made many friends, patients and staff alike.
It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve morning tea to the lovely patients, who show such resilience in what, at times, must be very frightening circumstances. They are often very keen to chat about their illness, their hopes and fears. This has certainly helped me become more aware of the emotional toll placed on them and their families, and also their great strength.
With this in mind, it is very heartening to hear their constant praise of the wonderful staff and facilities at the hospital. They are also very appreciative of all the volunteers who take time out of their day to care, when indeed it is very much our pleasure.
Lo Egerton-Warburton, Outpatients’ Oncology Volunteer, West Wing
We began volunteering as Merchandise Delivery Driver’s for WIRF’s Hug Campaign in 2013. As twin boys born ten weeks prematurely at KEMH in 1994, we were both inspired to volunteer for WIRF’s preterm birth campaign from our personal experience. We were fortunate to have survived our early birth and felt that it was important to give back to those less fortunate.
Our volunteer role involves the delivery and pickup of HUG campaign merchandise boxes and funds from businesses around the Perth metro area. We also use the opportunity to spread the word about WIRF’s preterm birth research.
We would recommend volunteering for WIRF to experience being a part of a group, to learn organisational skills, meet new people, or for obtaining work experience.
Matthew and Stephen Faigenbaum, Volunteer Merchandise Delivery Drivers
I began volunteering at KEMH in 2002 after retiring from fulltime work. I had my twins at KEMH and adore babies, so it was an easy decision where I wanted to volunteer my time and energy.
My role involves providing assistance to the Special Care Nursery, Perinatal Loss Unit and Social Work Department through coordinating community knitting and sewing donations. Many of the babies born at KEMH are premature and require specific, tiny garments to accommodate their needs in the nursery. In the sad case of stillbirth, we provide special garments for the bereaved parents to dress their baby in. We also make up baby blanket and clothing packs for newborn babies from disadvantaged parents, and these donations are sourced from very generous volunteer knitters and sewers.
My volunteer role gives me a lot of contact with community volunteers and I am constantly blown away by the willingness of them to help, and how beautiful some of the donated garments are. Volunteering here feels like Christmas every time I come in – when you open up the donations you never know what you will find in the parcel!
I love making a difference to the lives of babies and children, and find this role both inspiring and satisfying. The time that I spend, giving my time, helps in more ways than one can imagine and to find new friendships in doing so is an added advantage.
Joy Mazella, Special Care Nursery, Perinatal Loss Unit and Social Work Volunteer
Volunteering is not about “doing good things” but about doing things you enjoy. Working here at the hospital provides an opportunity to meet people, socialise and see another side of life. If you live alone as I do, it is interesting to have another pursuit which may help others instead of vegetating at home.
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