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Volunteers week celebrated in May

3 June 2022

QEII Hospital is celebrating the invaluable contribution of its volunteers this week but there’s certainly one who is defying all social distancing regulations with demands to be patted with a happy, mask-free smile.

QEII’s therapy labradoodle, Finley is a favourite volunteer with staff and patients of QEII and he will stop for a pat and a wave with everyone. 

With 64 volunteers connected to QEII, the team have their hands full with portfolios in meet & greet, operating suite, petals, Eat Walk Engage, Red Cross, fundraising and gardening, Sunbeams, music therapy and Tzu Chi…. and pats with Finley.

Volunteer Services Officer, Amanda Spann said with COVID affecting some of these volunteer efforts, many of the volunteers are filling in for their fellow volunteers to cover sick leave. 

“The Eat Walk Engage ladies have even been coming in off-shift when needed to help this cohort of patients. We truly are blessed to be part of a great volunteer family within a great community hospital!” she said.

“One of the best things about many of our volunteers is that they aren’t just colleagues, they are friends.  They are friends who have morning team and lunch together, backfill shifts for each other and make a phone call to say hi to those who are lonely or sick.”

A puppy high-five to Meg Arthur who is the Red Cross President and the longest serving member of the QEII Volunteer team, celebrating her 90th birthday last October and 42 years of service in September.

National Volunteer Week, held 16-22 May this year, is themed ‘better together’.  To all of our volunteers across Metro South Health, you are celebrated and appreciated by patients, visitors and staff and we thank each of you for generously giving your time and effort to volunteering in our hospital community.

Last updated 3 June 2022
Last reviewed 16 May 2022

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