Volunteering is more than just about helping others. It’s also a great opportunity to get out into the community, meet new people and develop a wide range of skills. Volunteering and doing good in the community not only benefits those you are helping, it can also give you a sense of personal satisfaction and is great for your mental health! We spoke with one of our amazing Mega-Fun Volunteers Shelby, about why she loves volunteering with the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
How did you become involved as a Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Volunteer(PCHF)?
My family have fostered a seven year old girl, Tiambrah, for the past five years. Tiambrah spends a lot of time in Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and I see firsthand the amazing work that the hospital does. I wanted to be able to give something back. I’m also studying nursing and would love to work in paediatrics so it’s the perfect volunteer role for me, I get so much out of it.
What do you enjoy the most about volunteering with PCHF?
I love being able to spend time with the kids and being able to brighten the day of kids in hospital is a great feeling, but really it is the kids who brighten my day.
When did you become a volunteer with PCHF?
As soon as I turned 18 and was eligible I applied, I couldn’t wait to become a Mega-Fun Volunteer.
Why did you choose to become a volunteer with PCHF?
Over the past five years, I have spent a lot of time in Princess Margaret Hospital and the Megazone play area with Tiambrah. I just wanted to give back in whatever way I could.
What is you advice to anyone thinking of becoming a volunteer with PCHF?
Definitely do it and don’t hold back, it is so rewarding. It’s incredible to see how much energy the kids have, every shift I leave feeling on a high.
Who is your role model?
Florence Nightingale. She is such an idol to anyone who is involved with nursing.
What are the benefits to you of being a PCHF Volunteer?
I learn so much from the kids. Despite everything that is going on in their lives and whatever condition they may have, they are always so happy and smiley and full of energy. I leave every shift feeling happy. Wednesday is the day when I’m not at uni and being able to volunteer in PMH is the highlight of my week.