Darling Downs Health Board member Ms Marie Pietsch; Deputy Board Chair Dr Dennis Campbell; manager volunteers and consumer participation Mr Sam Savva; CEO Toowoomba Hospital Foundation Mrs Alison Kennedy; Darling Downs Health Board member Dr Ruth Terwijn.
Darling Downs Health Board member Ms Marie Pietsch; Deputy Board Chair Dr Dennis Campbell; manager volunteers and consumer participation Mr Sam Savva; CEO Toowoomba Hospital Foundation Mrs Alison Kennedy; Darling Downs Health Board member Dr Ruth Terwijn.

Special event for volunteers rewards their tireless efforts

DARLING Downs Health has recognised the extraordinary work of its volunteers at a luncheon to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

Darling Downs Health Board member Ruth Terwijn said the theme for National Volunteer Week was "Making a world of difference".

"The volunteers make such a difference to the lives of the people who come through our doors every day," Dr Terwijn said.

"They give their own time, not to be congratulated or praised, but to help others, and that is truly admirable, and very much appreciated.

"This luncheon is a wonderful way to acknowledge that, and I would like to say a special thank you to the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation for their continued support of our volunteers, and of this yearly event."

 

Husband and wife volunteer team Bert and Lyn Ham.
Husband and wife volunteer team Bert and Lyn Ham.

Volunteers and Consumer Participation Manager Sam Savva said Darling Downs Health's 348 volunteers had tallied up an enormous amount of service.

"We have 169 here in Toowoomba and 179 at our rural facilities, with total service adding up to 933 years in total with an average 3.9 years per volunteer," Mr Savva said.

"All our volunteers put in a tremendous effort, whether they're welcoming people to our facilities, distributing newspapers, or just having a chat, every effort counts.

"National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to thank and celebrate the hard work the volunteers do."

Darling Downs Health acknowledged its longest-serving volunteers, Lois Williams and David Waite, both who have dedicated 31 years to volunteering.


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