Spare time on your hands? Hospice needs you

2012-12-05 00:00

TODAY is International Volunteer Day.

Judy Coghlan, the manager of income generation at Msunduzi Hospice, said yesterday that volunteers had been the cornerstone of the hospice for the past 29 years.

“Volunteers began this wonderful organisation because of a concern for the care of terminally ill patients. They have, through the years, contributed towards the remarkable success of Msunduzi Hospice and remain key roleplayers of the organisation.”

Coghlan said people volunteered for many different reasons.

“Some volunteer out of a religious conviction, some out of a sense of altruism or general concern for those around them. Some volunteer because they need an environment that provides a social family. Others do so to gain valuable work experience. Many are older, past retirement, and some are young, even at school.”

She said volunteers were needed at the hospice in the reception, working in the bookshop or hospice shop, joining the craft group, helping with fund­raising events, cooking in the conference centre kitchen, waitressing in the coffee shop, helping in the garden, and transporting patients and handymen.

Coghlan said volunteering helped people form new friendships, make use of their skills and apply their experience while giving back to the community.

She said volunteers had the opportunity to use their free time in a positive way and get involved in the community, while bolstering their self-confidence.

“You will make a difference,” said Coghlan. — WR.

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