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20 May, 2021

Rewarding lives of Volunteers

WHILE there’s no disputing volunteers are the backbone of any charitable not-for- profit organisation at Mackay Hospital Foundation they are the pedals that keep the wheels turning.

Mackay Hospital Foundation has 92 active volunteers, working across 10 different service areas including the Information Desk, Day Surgery, Oncology, Play Group and Companionship programs.

Each year volunteers contribute over 12,000 hours of service, valued at $494,014* (*Value calculation: counting hours using the cost benefit model examines the overall economic, social and cultural benefits a community gains from the volunteer program.

Ref: The Centre for Volunteering (Australia) This year we are celebrating National Volunteers Week with a High Tea at the Lagoon Café at Mackay Botanical Gardens.

Mackay Hospital Foundation CEO, T’aire Olsen said, “Day in and day out, our volunteers are active throughout hospitals within our region and while we appreciate their value, their time and their commitment on a daily basis, National Volunteer Week puts a spotlight on them.

"Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, we were unable to come together to celebrate, so we are looking forward to an opportunity to recognise, celebrate and thank our volunteers for the vital role they play in the hospital community.”

From a volunteer’s perspective, many will tell you it’s their lives that are enriched through helping others but whatever their reason for volunteering, we couldn’t make do without them.

This year’s event at the Botanical Gardens is an opportunity to showcase support from Mackay Hospital Foundation, along with an unspoken ‘Thank you’ from the thousands of people whose lives are brightened each day by the help of volunteers.

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