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Outstanding volunteers receive Premier’s Certificate of Recognition Award at the Foundation’s Volunteer Week Appreciation Morning Tea

Publish Date: 20/5/2016

Among the thousands of generous people who give their time and expertise to support the Leukaemia Foundation’s work, there are a few who consistently demonstrate exceptional commitment. 

In a surprise announcement at the Leukaemia Foundation’s National Volunteer Week ‘Thank You’ morning tea in Adelaide, volunteers Gerda Roder-Allen and John Cook learned they were recipients of the Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for outstanding volunteer service in 2016. 

Gerda Roder-Allen has given more than 1100 hours of service at the Leukaemia Foundation since joining us in 2014. A regular supporter of our transport service and fundraising events, Gerda is part of our senior volunteer supervisor team, where her expertise in aged care nursing was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the infection control component of the volunteer driver training program.

This component is vital, as people receiving treatment have weak immune systems, making them highly vulnerable to developing infections which can seriously affect their health.

“I love driving and making a difference,” said Gerda with great enthusiasm. “If I can take people to their appointments and have them leave the Leukaemia Foundation car with a smile on their face then I’ve taken their mind off their problems, even just for a short time,” said Gerda.

John Cook has volunteered at the Leukaemia Foundation since 2010 giving over 1500 hours of service over this time. In addition to supporting our transport service and fundraising events, John contributes to maintenance and building projects at the Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village at Lightsview.

John is also a member of the senior volunteer supervision team and his 25 years of experience at General Motors Holden was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the individual comprehensive driving component of the volunteer driver training program. “As a volunteer driver for the Leukaemia Foundation I can eliminate the headache of city traffic and parking for people who have greater concerns,” said John. “The drive gives them something else to focus on and I find these people truly inspiring.”  

We congratulate Gerda and John for their special recognition, and thank all of our volunteers for their service, including Margo Cochrane, Maxwell Howland, Vicki Richards, Ronald Stevens and Dale Wiles who received special five year service certificates and medallions from the Leukaemia Foundation. We simply couldn’t do what we do, without you.

If you are passionate about supporting the community and would like to find out the ways you can volunteer your time to support the Leukaemia Foundation’s work, visit our website or call us on 1800 620 420.

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