Suncare volunteers donate almost 170,000 hours

Suncare Community Services volunteers have celebrated this year’s National Volunteer Week with a morning tea in Maroochydore on 13 May.

“Volunteers are an integral part of our care delivery business. We value our volunteers and are proud that more than 400 volunteers choose to spend some of their time with us,” Suncare CEO Russell Mason said.

“In 2015-16 our volunteers donated almost 170,000 hours, representing $4.2 million of donated services.”

The morning tea brought together 32 volunteers representing Meals on Wheels Maroochydore, transport drivers and day respite to acknowledge and thank them for their contributions:

  • About 200 Meals on Wheels Maroochydore volunteers provide a meals service to 460 clients, including 200 veterans, their partners and families. In 2015-16 the service delivered 68,131 meals, with 12 runs daily.
  • Every day, up to 10 volunteers transport elderly people to appointments, enabling those elderly who no longer drive or catch public transport to stay in their homes longer and still get out and about to do the things they enjoy.
  • Every day, four Day Respite volunteers assist elderly people to participate in activities such as singing, art, bingo, bowling and outings. Volunteers help with a variety of interesting and fun programs five days a week.

“Both our clients and volunteers benefit from the daily contact and the caring, supportive nature of helping one another. These friendly visits change the lives of many isolated and lonely people,” Mr Mason said.

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of the more than 6 million Australian volunteers who give happiness to others each year - and research says that that those volunteers are happier as a result.

Above left: Day Respite volunteers Max Essex, Cheryl Knight and Sally Dickinson. Middle: Transport drivers Tony Allen and Glen Martin. Right: Transport driver Barb Supple and Administration Assistant Jean Maddison.