National Volunteer Week 2010 - Meet our SA Volunteers
National Volunteer Week from 10 to 16 May gives the Leukaemia Foundation the opportunity to thank the many volunteers who play a vital role in our Vision to Cure and Mission to Care and encourage more people to volunteer their time and talents.
With Almost 10,000 Australians expected to be diagnosed with a blood cancer this year and 40,000 people living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma diseases in our community today, the demand on the Foundation’s services is growing rapidly and the need for more volunteers is becoming more real.
We invite you to meet two of our loyal South Australian volunteers who make a vital contribution to the support of blood cancer patients.
Name: Bianca Doolan and Kristy Aspinall
Volunteer Role: Bianca and Kristy are heavily involved in many of the Leukaemia Foundation's events, such as Light the Night and the World's Greatest Shave.
In Bianca and Kristy's Words:
"The best thing about volunteering for any organisation is that it gives you a chance to make a difference in an area that really interests you. We were originally inspired to volunteer for the Leukaemia Foundation because a friend of ours was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at the age of 19.
He inspired us to give blood, and donate our time to help an organisation that raises money for research, provides access to “home away from home” accommodation, transportation and provides personalised support and care for patients and families from diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
A great aspect of volunteering for the Leukaemia Foundation is that they receive no ongoing government funding and solely rely on the generous support from corporate supporters and the community.
The Leukaemia Foundation's mission statement, “Mission to care, Vision to cure” is something that we both live by each and every day. By working together as a team, we aim to raise as much money as we can to assist patients and or families in need.
We have been involved in Light the Night for three years now, and by fundraising for a few months before the event, and by taking part whether it is by volunteering or simply enjoying the evening, you feel a sense of social justice.
There is a great feeling of satisfaction you receive from playing a part in the goals set by the not for profit organisation, the friendly and professional working atmosphere, knowing that the money you raise, or the time you give in volunteering actually benefits people which is the most rewarding feeling and we know we're making a small difference.
We work together united by a common cause to raise as much money as we can for the Leukaemia Foundation, because we are proud to be associated with them and their hard work that they do! Alongside the Leukaemia Foundation staff, we share ideas, support each other and are committed to each other’s success.
We’re incredibly grateful for having the opportunity to meet past and present patients and their families, and all the other volunteers who generously give of their time."
To become a Leukaemia Foundation volunteer, call (08) 8273 3555 today!