In honour of National Volunteer Week, we wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has so generously offered their time to support the Foundation over the years.
From shaking tins back at Subiaco Oval, to greeting guests at our Annual Gala Dinner, shooting hoops with our participants at Fit 4 Work or just lending a hand in our program delivery wherever possible – we have some incredible volunteers and to you we say thank you. We sat down with one of our longest running volunteers, Peta, to hear what she had to say about her experience volunteering with the Foundation since 2006.
How long have you volunteered with the Foundation?
I started my volunteer role at the Wirrpanda Foundation in 2006.
What made you want to get involved?
I would have to say Lisa (Wirrpanda Foundation CEO). I had been doing some volunteer work at AFLSportsReady when Lisa was the CEO. After she left to join the Wirrpanda she offered me a volunteer position at the Foundation. My only regret was that I had to leave a staff member at AFLSportsReady with special needs who I had worked closely with and grown very fond of.
Describe a typical day at the Foundation for you?
I normally walk around the office when I arrive and say hello to all the lovely staff, trying not to be too chatting and distracting, which is a big challenge for me! I then check my email and make any necessary responses. The rest of my day is spent gathering information and writing our the weekly in house "Yarn", our monthly online newsletter and keeping our data base up to date.
What is your favourite part about being involved with the Foundation?
Definitely the wonderful people I work with.
What do you get out of volunteering with the Foundation?
I feel I get a lot more out of my volunteering at the Foundation than I give. Volunteering has helped me learn many different things about people and culture which I feel has led to my own personal growth. It has exposed me to a community that I have not been used to being a part of and makes me appreciate how fortunate my own life and family have been. I feel giving your time to a good and worthwhile cause does wonders for your mental health.