Without our dedicated volunteers, the Foundation would not be able to do the wonderful work that we do for children and families throughout Western Australia. From manning the Foundation’s Gift Shop, preparing annual receipt mail-outs, setting up for fundraising events and bringing Stitches the Bear to life, volunteers take on a wide range of jobs.
David – 20 years with the Foundation
David has been volunteering with the Foundation for 20 years. Since retiring, David has volunteered every Tuesday morning and has recently increased his volunteering to Friday mornings as well.
David’s daughter Joanne spent time in PMH when she was a child so he has experienced the amazing work the hospital does. His great grandson Brock also spent time in PMH when he was younger, while his granddaughter Casey is now a doctor at the hospital.
“I just wanted to help in any way I could, I like knowing that my volunteering time is valuable to the Foundation,” he explained. “Initially I assisted with selling merchandise; I also used to assist with mailing out merchandise from the Foundation office. I have helped with lots of event preparation over the years. I help with whatever needs doing. In recent years, I am involved with the mail out of donation receipt letters.
The Foundation is something special; it’s something our community should support. When you have children and family that have spent time in hospital you just want to support them in any way you can.”
David enjoys the feeling that he is helping children that are sick. He is happy to help in whatever way he can and is excited about being in the new surroundings at Perth Children’s Hospital.
It’s the people who work at the hospital that are important, not the name or the buildings. That sense of camaraderie hasn’t changed because I still get to spend time with the staff and other Foundation volunteers.