Benetas celebrates its amazing volunteers
30 June 2014

Benetas celebrates its amazing volunteers

The work of over 400 Benetas volunteers was recognised in early May at the 11th annual Benetas Volunteer Thank You Luncheon at the Hotel Windsor.

The event, which featured a very special blessing from Benetas Colton Close volunteer Sister Hilary, gave Benetas the opportunity to acknowledge the generosity and commitment of its volunteers.

“Over the last year Benetas volunteers donated a staggering 25,000 hours of their time, which is the equivalent of almost 3,300 working days,” said Sandra Hills, Benetas CEO.

“Our volunteers donate their time in a range of capacities, from playing the piano for our residents and working in our local op shops, to providing transport and offering friendship,” said Ms Hills.

“Their support means that our clients can maintain important links to the community and form lasting relationships which offer comfort and companionship.”

Forty-three long serving volunteers were recognised at the Luncheon, including Allan White from Benetas St John’s Park in Mooroolbark who celebrated 35 years of service.

“Allan never misses a beat. He is always observant of what is going on at St John’s Park, and is the first to report on happenings, making sure there are no hazards for other residents.
“Allan lives at the Park in one of the Independent Living Units and is a member of the Lodge. He also happens to be a very talented wood worker!”

“To be celebrating 35 years of service is incredible and as an organisation we are truly grateful for all our volunteers,” said Ms Hills.

“Without the commitment of our volunteers we would simply be unable to do much of the work we do with older Victorians,” said Ms Hills.