Every day I note there is always a day of importance to note, all of them very deserved causes but in today’s world of wrist straps, ribbons (I suspect replacing the poor old badge that has been shunned into the darkness due to its harmful potential!) and Facebook pages, there is one day that we at North Eastern Community Hospital have a close kinship with: International Volunteers Day. We are an organisation that’s history is steeped in the effortless work of our volunteers, from raising the funds to build the organisation to running core support services that include filing, the kiosk and fundraising events.
In 2015, one of volunteers achieved a milestone of 40 years of service. And considering we are only 42 years old is deserved of significant recognition. Volunteering comes in many forms, however for North Eastern and without these volunteers it would be harder to achieve what we strive to provide. Each year we hold an annual lunch to celebrate and remember the achievements of our volunteers, and I realise we should always try and do more, hence my latest call to arms. So I ask of you who read this article to share and like this latest blog in honour of our volunteers.
And to finish I would like to share my favourite quote which I feel best defines what it is to be a volunteer: “(…) the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others…” Thanks Gandhi!