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Volunteer Week 2017

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Running from 8–14 May 2017, National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration of the generous contribution of Australia’s 6 million volunteers. This year Volunteering Australia celebrates the theme Give Happy, Live Happy which promotes research showing volunteers live happier and healthier lives.

As a publicly-funded specialist hospital, the Eye and Ear has always relied on the generosity of our volunteers in caring for our patients and visitors. Our volunteers have been essential to the hospital for over 90 years, since the first official volunteers joined in 1922.

In the hospital’s early days, volunteers would read to patients recovering from eye surgery in the hospital for months at a time. Today, we have 60 dedicated volunteers supporting administration, Concierge, Emergency Department, outpatient clinics and the Auxiliary shop. We also have nine Frankston friend auxiliaries, many of who have been fundraising for over 30 years.

Our volunteers have donated over 8000 hours in the last year to help our patients, visitors and staff. In the last year alone this means over 50,000 patients have been helped by our volunteers!

This year Sandra Braithwaite has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Minister for Health Volunteer Awards 2017. Sandra has been an Eye and Ear auxiliary volunteer for over 26 years and can usually be found at the hospital’s gift shop.

Volunteers play a vital role at the Eye and Ear and we highly value the contribution of all our many volunteers over the years. Thank you to each and every one of our volunteers, both current and past!

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