Lending a hand volunteering
“Volunteering is loads of fun!” That’s the catch cry phrase from one of Brimbank’s long term Council volunteers.
Deer Park resident, Fawzia (fondly known as ‘Wafa’), is full of enthusiasm about volunteering in her local community.
“I’m the leader of two walking groups that meet daily at Cairnlea Community Centre, and I’ve been involved for about five years now.
“The groups are registered with the Heart Foundation Walking Groups program, which is a network of community-based walking groups.
“There’s a fast group for those who want to power along, and a Walk and Talk group that prefer a more relaxed and easier pace.
“We get together every morning Monday through Friday and walk for about an hour. On average, about 10 people join in.
“I must admit, it’s as much a ‘talk fest’ as a ‘walk fest’! I’m proud of that because I know it’s equally important to be fit as well as socially engaged.
“One of my favourite things about volunteering is ‘making a difference’ to people’s lives. I just love helping people that need a hand. Young, old, it doesn’t matter to me – I get such a buzz from looking after people.
“I’m a member of the Cairnlea Community Hub and Hunt Club Community and Arts Centre Advisory Committee, which meets quarterly, and we provide advice to Centre staff about community programming and I also help out at events and social occasions at both Centres.
“I feel like I’ve really found my passion in volunteering and am thankful for the opportunity to do something that means a lot to other people, which in turn is rewarding for me,” Fawzia said.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Council values the great work that volunteers put in to create a better Brimbank.
“We have almost 400 Brimbank volunteers who make a great contribution to our community.
“We’ve recently developed a new Brimbank Volunteer Strategy which provides Council with a guide to ensure our focus is on the right systems and processes to respond to community needs.
“Volunteers like Fawzia do us proud. Her enthusiasm and commitment is strong and her heart is generous.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our Brimbank volunteers for a job well done,” Cr Giudice said.
National Volunteer Week 2018 runs from 21-27 May. This year’s theme is ‘Give a little. Change a lot’.
For more information about volunteering contact Council on 9249 4000 or visit brimbank.vic.gov.au/community/volunteering