Volunteers unite to give 76 years of service to hospital
BRISBANE Waters Private Hospital is celebrating the efforts of its volunteers, who have collectively clocked up 76 years of service.
The acknowledgement coincides with National Volunteer Week from May 20-26, the annual celebration of the outstanding work of our nation's volunteers.
Hospital CEO Kathy Beverley said: "This year the theme for National Volunteer Week 2019 is 'Making a world of difference', such a true statement for our community members who volunteer at our hospital."
Thousands of events will be held across the country this week to say thanks to the six million Australians who volunteer their time, with Brisbane Waters Private Hospital honouring its volunteers with a special morning tea awards ceremony in the Memorial Gardens at the hospital.
"Encouraging our volunteers to remain with the hospital is important, and providing recognition of their contribution is equally important," Kathy said.
"We value our volunteers, which is evident in the number of years they have remained with our hospital."
She said research showed that 96 per cent of those donating their time for the greater good found more happiness in their own lives.
The benefits are numerous, from improving volunteers' health and happiness to promoting a sense of belonging, boosting mood and making friends.
"Volunteering is a great way to promote strong social networks," Kathy said.
"Research also suggests volunteering is a beneficial way to connect with your community and build positive relationships through creating social capital, building bonds of trust, cooperation and respect for diversity."