Port Augusta volunteers receive healthy admiration

VOLUNTEERS:  Port Augusta Hospital volunteers at Gladstone Square.

VOLUNTEERS: Port Augusta Hospital volunteers at Gladstone Square.

Hundreds of volunteers from the Flinders and Upper North who selflessly give their time to health services across rural South Australia are being thanked for their dedication and support.

Country Health SA Regional Director Flinders and Upper North, Ros McRae, said National Volunteer Week was an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and selfless dedication of the approximately 170 volunteers across the region,.

“From Roxby Downs to Whyalla, volunteers provide a range of services, including providing companionship and support for patients and aged care residents, transporting people to medical appointments, fundraising and helping cancer patients select and fit wigs and access cancer-related information,” Ms McRae said.

“In Port Augusta, the Early Years Parenting Centre volunteers provides support to playgroups and families while the Trauma Teddies group have, to date, knitted 1260 teddies for sick children.

“In Roxby Downs volunteers are involved in the Strengthening Our Families program, in Quorn around 10 volunteers support the Divisional Therapy program at Flinders House Home for the Aged, while Hawker Health Service has five volunteers drivers who transport people to medical appointments.”

National Volunteers Week is celebrated across Australia from May 8-14.

It involves thousands of events across Australia to offer the community’s thanks to the six million Australians who volunteer.