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Volunteer morning tea a tribute to patient care

May 15, 2013

Volunteer morning tea a tribute to patient care Eye and Ear volunteers with members of staff and CEO Ann Clark at last week's event.



Hospital volunteers enjoyed a special morning tea and presentation last week, in recognition of their ongoing dedication to caring for our patients.

The event coincided with National Volunteer Week, 13-18 May and was an opportunity to honour the dedicated group of Eye and Ear volunteers, who donate their time to ensuring a more comfortable experience for our patients.

Our Auxiliary network, which raised critical funds for the hospital, was also represented on the day. Many of the Auxiliary volunteers have links with the Eye and Ear stretching over more than four decades, including long-serving Auxiliary member Valerie Galagher (front row, far right) who originally joined following her son's treatment for an eye injury at the hospital in 1968.

“I really enjoyed all the years of close involvement with the hospital. I am sure we all appreciated the friendships and the satisfaction of supporting such a wonderful institution,” says Val.

The Eye and Ear is fortunate to have had support from a variety of volunteers for over 90 years. Since January alone our volunteers have helped more than 8,000 people with queries and given over 1000 hours of their time.

Nationwide, there are over six million people – 36 per cent of our adult population – who volunteer every year. The economic contribution of volunteers to Australian communities has been estimated at more than $200 billion, which is larger than the mining, agriculture and the retail sectors.

Chief Executive Officer, Ann Clark says the hard work and care Eye and Ear volunteers provide forms an invaluable part of the hospital's day-to-day operations.

“On behalf of everyone at the Eye and Ear, we are incredibly grateful to those who generously donate their time and effort to the hospital. Charity comes in many forms, be it a donation of funds, equipment, materials or many hours of someone's spare time.

“Each act of generosity is equally important to our ability to serve the Victorian community to the highest possible standards.  National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to get to know one of our volunteers and thank them for their support,” said Ms Clark

If you are interested in volunteering at the Eye and Ear please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, email or phone (03)9929 8902.

More information on our volunteer program is also available here>>