Dementia Australia recently celebrated and thanked our 1,000 volunteers for National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week was held from 20-26 May and the theme for this year was ‘making a world of difference’. Two of the many volunteers that fit that description are friends Jill and Dianne.
Jill is a nurse and has cared for people living with dementia in aged care facilities and also in hospitals. Eight years ago, Jill approached Dementia Australia (formerly known as Alzheimer’s Australia NSW) wanting to volunteer.
“My mother lived with dementia and after she passed I wasn’t ready to go back to work but I still felt the need to contribute,” Jill said.
“I approached Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and they were fabulous, very welcoming and supportive.”
You can usually find Jill at the Sydney Memory Walk & Jog standing on the finish line congratulating participants with her warm and infectious smile.
“The Memory Walk & Jog is just such a wonderful day out for family and friends who have loved ones going through the journey of dementia or who have lost loved ones,” Jill said.
Dianne got involved with Dementia Australia four years ago after her brother sadly passed away from younger onset dementia. Dianne also volunteers for the Sydney Memory Walk & Jog with Jill and many others and meeting people is one of the things that keeps her coming back.
“It’s through volunteering that I became friends with Jill,” Dianne said.
“To anyone thinking of volunteering with Dementia Australia I would say do it! Every little bit helps and you also get the satisfaction of knowing you might have done some good that day.”
As well as Memory Walk & Jogs, Jill and Dianne have been involved in other fundraising events for the organisation, as well as providing administrative assistance in the office.
Without the help of generous and dedicated volunteers we simply couldn’t do all that we do. So in National Volunteer Week and every week we say a big thank you to all of the Dementia Australia volunteers for their immense contribution.