Giving back to the community in the form of giving my time is something which has always been really important to me. I believe in community coming together to support each other and that when a community is happy and inclusive, individuals are happier in their own lives.
I feel really grateful for my life. I have received a lot in life and when I give back I feel enriched and even more grateful that I am able to contribute to the world around me with my time and skills.
My earliest experience of volunteering was when I was just 21 at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. For a number of months I volunteered as a class room assistant which was rewarding and at times really challenging.
Since then I have:
- Volunteered at Lifeline as a telephone counsellor,
- Been a member of a woman’s health centre management committee for a decade,
- Did presentations to students at high schools about Mental Health and Mental Illness
- Been involved on my local Residents for Reconciliation group
- And been on various committees within University, Local Councils and the community sector
(Left: Helping out at a NAIDOC Week Festival Day at Central Gardens Merrylands
Right: Receiving a thank you from the them Mayor of Holroyd for my commitment to volunteering on various committees and helping to organise some festivals supported by council)
I have a lifelong commitment to giving back. Recently I visited Boomerang School with a couple of my dearest friends. It’s a school my aunt Fiona has established in Bali to teach local children how to read, write and speak English. For every child that learns English it can transform the lived of their whole family. She funds it herself. So I’m keen to go back and help her more as well as send over essentials for the school and fun items for the children.
Can you recognise me in the very trendy hair net? I’m getting ready to serve up delicious food at Mission Australia’s Christmas Lunch for homeless in Parramatta. With a mum who has spent many years during my lifetime missing on the streets due to her mental illness, this is a cause to close to my heart. This is my forth time volunteering for this event. I value connecting with the other volunteers and contributing to bringing some light to people’s day. Many individuals and families become homeless for a variety of reasons and it’s great to support a service like Mission Australia who provides a variety of fantastic services.
I supported the Daffodil Day High Tea at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club by facilitating a guided medicine drum meditation.