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Saying ‘thanks’ to our volunteers

May 15, 2014

Saying ‘thanks’ to our volunteers

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital’s volunteers enjoyed a special morning tea this week, coinciding with National Volunteer Week which runs from 13-18 May.

The event was an opportunity to honour the hospital’s dedicated group of volunteers, whom since the beginning of the year have given more than 1,500 hours of their time to help over 9,000 patients and visitors.

Chief Executive Officer, Ann Clark says the commitment from the hospital’s volunteers is well noted amongst staff, patients and visitors to the hospital.

“On behalf of the Eye and Ear, I would like to thank our volunteers who do a tremendous job donating their time and effort to the hospital, the work they do is greatly appreciated by all,” she said.

During National Volunteer Week, Eye and Ear staff members were asked the question “what do you think is the power of volunteering here at the Eye and Ear?”

The response was overwhelming, below are three anonymous statements:

“For me, the power lies in the friendly face and the warm welcome which shows our patients they are seen and that they matter.”

“They bring a smile to many patients who otherwise would be feeling anxious waiting in the clinic waiting rooms.”

“The power of volunteering at the hospital is one of assistance and friendship. Gold could not replace the work of all our Volunteers here.”

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

More information on our volunteer program is also available here.