Goulburn Valley Health’s band of volunteers gathered on Tuesday for their annual Christmas lunch, which coincided with International Volunteer Day.
The volunteers enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by the health service as thanks for the hard work they put in — unpaid — throughout the year.
The get-together was a chance for the volunteers to welcome back their co-ordinator Karen Saccuzzo, who has been in another role for the past six months, as well as farewell acting co-ordinator Jane-Marie Pugh, who will resume her usual role.
Ms Saccuzzo said the volunteers worked across all departments of the hospital and they were incredibly excited to welcome 16 new volunteers in the past six months.
She said although the health service had many new volunteers, more were needed to assist in conducted surveys of GV Health’s patients.
A spokesperson for GV Health said the surveys provided vital information to allow the service to continue to improve.
International Volunteer Day is celebrated worldwide on December 5 each year, in recognition of the positive contribution of volunteers around the world who answer calls in times of crisis, helping save lives today and supporting those who want to continue living their lives with dignity tomorrow.