Today we’d love you to meet this dynamic duo, partners Chris and Donna. Both volunteer as hospital guides as well as volunteering on the busy Intensive Care Unit (ICU) reception.
Donna is well acquainted with the not for profit sector, having spent 20 years running a number of not for profits – all in the area of education. Chris has spent his working life in actuarial roles – using mathematics in insurance, superannuation and investment.
Both are now retired and enjoy their hospital volunteering, explaining that it’s a good feeling to know that they are working together for a caring organisation.
Donna told us, “I believe that the work we are doing is valued and valuable, and that the staff appreciate our assistance. The ICU position carries a certain amount of responsibility, and often there is a need to use judgement and discretion. I find it rewarding to be able to put my professional experience to use. And the guiding role is just fun.” Chris echoes this, explaining that while the ICU can be an intense and scary place for visitors, “the best part is being able to facilitate family and friends to visit patients, and to receive the thanks of the ICU staff for doing so.”
More than 36,200 people were assisted by one of our hospital guides during a visit to one of our hospitals last year. Chris told us that it was very satisfying be able to help people navigate the large hospital complex, especially when they may be elderly or concerned for their own health or that of a loved one.
Thank you Chris and Donna and all of our dedicated volunteers. We are so fortunate to have a team of more than 400 volunteers, who generously choose to gift their time and talents to help our hospitals in many different ways each week. We couldn’t do it without you! If you are interested in becoming a hospital volunteer please visit HERE.