Intereach recently hosted a series of events across the Riverina to celebrate the dedicated volunteers who give up their time to make our communities a better place.
In the Deniliquin area, Intereach celebrated 32 volunteers including Joanne King who recently retired after 20 years of Community Transport service.
Mrs King said she took up volunteer driving because she was retired and ‘‘had nothing else to do’’.
‘‘Over the years I enjoyed the company of a lot of local elderly people taking them to places like Albury and Wagga,’’ she said.
‘‘Everyone I drove was interesting and had something to tell me. I never had any bad experiences.
‘‘Even just going in to talk to the girls at Intereach was something interesting to do for the day.’’
More than 200 people currently volunteer their time with Intereach as community transport drivers, to deliver ‘meals on wheels’ or to provide social support.
‘‘Volunteers make an enormous contribution to communities across the Riverina,’’ Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said.
‘‘Our volunteers give their valuable time to help others and I am hugely inspired by the kindness and generosity of spirit of those who give of themselves so selflessly.
‘‘Most volunteers never ask for recognition, which makes National Volunteer Week such a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge their dedication and generosity.
‘‘Volunteers play a vital role in Intereach services and their contribution ensures we can do even more with the services we provide for our community.
‘‘These events were a chance to publicly thank our volunteers and acknowledge their role in making our community a better place.’’
For more information about volunteering with Intereach go to www.intereach.com.au or phone 1300488226.