Thanks to our volunteers

June 06, 2018

More than 150 people enjoyed the afternoon tea put on by various local organisations to thank the community’s volunteers.

Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House Community Programs Coordinator Debbie Cooper, CEO of MHA Care Michael Hogan, MHA Care Volunteer Programs Co-Ordinator Lorraine Northeast, Yarrawonga Health Community Engagement Manager Jodie New and Director for Clinical Services at Yarrawonga Health Kaye Gall.

Volunteers from Yarrawonga Health.

A thankyou to 150 of the community’s volunteers was brought together via a joint partnership between Yarrawonga Health, Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House, MHA Care and ClubMulwala recently in aid of Volunteer Week.  

The free event held in the Endeavour Room of ClubMulwala was filled with volunteers from over 18 community groups, who were provided with an afternoon high tea.

The 150 attendees were treated to a presentation from the Yarrawonga Oral History Group showcasing Yarrawonga Mulwala’s many longstanding local business and organisations as well as local war heroes.  

Volunteers were also gifted with lucky door prizes donated by local businesses. 

CEO of MHA Care Michael Hogan, Director for Clinical Services at Yarrawonga Health - Kaye Gall, MHA Care Volunteer Programs Co-Ordinator Lorraine Northeast and Community Programs Coordinator

Debbie Cooper from Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House all spoke at length about the ongoing need for volunteers in the local community and the significant contribution that they make to increasing community capacity.  

Each executive publicly thanked the volunteers from their respective organisations, and talked about the significant and essential contribution they make daily to help the lives of others.  

Kaye Gall from Yarrawonga Health said, “Yarrawonga Health has a long and proud relationship with the generous volunteers that assist our patients and residents each and every day.”

“These volunteers choose to give up their personal time and energy and expend it towards helping our patients and residents live a more fulfilling life. 

“We are humbled by their generosity of spirit and compassion.

“It is these volunteers who so generously give their time, bringing warmth, humour and care into our organisation benefiting not only our patients and residents but our staff as well.  We are hugely grateful for their ongoing contribution.”

MHA Care CEO Michael Hogan also added to that, relaying the statistics of what the volunteers within his organisation have achieved.

“MHA Care has over 200 volunteers in Yarrawonga participating in Meals On Wheels, Foodshare, Yarrawonga Community Opportunity Shop and Planned Activity Group Programs,” Mr Hogan said.

“Without you we could not run our programs.

“In the last twelve months our volunteers delivered 9627 main meals to 107 clients in the Yarrawonga and Mulwala community, an amazing achievement.

“The Opportunity Shop is also proving to be a great support to the community with profits already being channeled into community projects.

“Moira Foodshare is just another that support single parent families, farmers, people struck down with serious illness and those who may have lost their job. 

“They are always there for you. 

“This afternoon tea is an opportunity to encourage people you know to get involved in volunteering. 

“Thank you for your commitment and dedication. You are the heart and soul and we simply could not do without your support.”

Lastly Deb Cooper from Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House thanked the volunteers that work tirelessly within YNH and again conveyed the gratitude of the organisations and the message of the day.  

“YNH would not be able to operate without its volunteers. Each week approximately 39 volunteers contribute an average of 77 hours which we certainly couldn’t afford to pay in wages,” Deb said. 

“The roles at YNH are varied and we try to match people and skills to roles and provide them with professional development opportunities that will increase their confidence and provide pathways to training and employment. But we also have roles where people just want to contribute to their community and make friends along the way. 

“On behalf of the staff at YNH we would like to thank all our volunteers for their contribution – We could not do what we do, without you.”

“Keep up the good work.”

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