Volunteers play a vital role at Children’s Cancer Institute, and we couldn’t achieve our goals without their help. This week we thanked our volunteers for their dedication and hard work at a morning tea.
An army of volunteers—149 to be precise— gave up their time to help out with our fundraising events last year. We also have 10 regular volunteers who help out in our offices every week.
Friends volunteering together
Two friends, Jacki and Santa, have been office volunteers with our Supporter Care team a day a week for the past five years. Both are retired school teachers who met while teaching at the same school. They love being able to volunteer together.
“It takes a long time to get here,” said Jacki, “but it’s worth it. I could find something closer to home, but I’d rather do something satisfying that I really enjoy.”
In fact, research shows that people who give up their time to a cause they believe in, like Jacki and Santa, live happier and healthier lives. ‘Give Happy Live Happy’ is the theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week, 8-14 May. This annual celebration acknowledges the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers and is run by Volunteering Australia, the national volunteering peak body.
All over Australia, an estimated 6 million volunteers make amazing contributions to a range of causes. Ours is the goal of one day curing every child of cancer. Many of our Children’s Cancer Institute volunteers have a personal experience of child cancer. This often drives them to make a difference for the future for families and children with cancer, the disease that claims the lives of more Australian children than any other. We value our volunteers.
“The work our volunteers do is really important”
“The work our volunteers do is really important,” explains Noel Campbell, our Supporter Care Supervisor.
“We have some very tight deadlines here and without them we just wouldn’t be able to make it. We have a lot of high volume tasks such as mailings and our volunteers also provide solutions and feedback. They have a wealth of knowledge to tap into.”
Thank you to all of our volunteers for your unwavering commitment to our goal of curing childhood cancer.
Find out how you can join our dedicated team of volunteers. And why not volunteer with a friend?
Top image: Our volunteers and Supporter Care team celebrate National Volunteer Week with morning tea.