November 26, 2019

Celebrating our volunteers

One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time and that is what Northern Health’s 350 fabulous volunteers give day after day.

Today, as our gift to volunteers, Northern Health hosted a Christmas lunch at Casa D’Abruzzo Club in Epping. A delicious buffet lunch was enjoyed by all and the volunteers danced the afternoon away with DJ Con.

The volunteers have much to celebrate, as this year has been particularly busy.

Andrew Williamson, Executive Director Public Affairs and Foundation, thanked volunteers for their time, commitment and dedication to Northern Health.

“Our wonderful volunteers make a significant difference every day for our patients, families and visitors,” he said.

“Their work models Northern Health’s values of Safe, Kind, Together.”

Henni Wade, Manager Engagement, said our volunteers are helping our visitors find their way around our sites, on average hand out over 600 cups of tea and coffee a week, put together hundreds of administration packs a week, visit patients, help with social support activities, drive patients to appointments, cuddle babies, help people check-in using our new Q-Flow kiosks and make the time to have chats with our patients and visitors making them feel welcome.

“In addition to these activities that are making a difference to our patient’s experiences, the volunteers also organise many fundraising activities. This year they have raised over $18,000 from cake stalls, various raffles and Knitting Guild sales. They have also sold over 450 car raffle tickets for Northern Health Foundation, raising a further $15,000,” she added.

Our Busy Fingers Auxiliary donated $10,000 for our defibrillator campaign and one of our Broadmeadows volunteers, Vicki Vernon, has been instrumental in helping us secure $10,000 for a blanket warmer.

Merry Christmas to all our Northern Health volunteers and thank you for all that you do.

Volunteers make a difference.