Southern Cross volunteers celebrated for long service

By Vivienne Duck

SOUTHERN Cross Care Moama has been running for 15 years.

And three ladies have been volunteering since the very beginning.

Joy Anderson, Heather Blake and Barbara Smith were recognised for their hard work on Monday with more than 15 other volunteers.

Lifestyle co-ordinator Debbie Bennett said the morning tea was simply to say thank you.

‘‘These three ladies have been here since the very beginning and everyone else has at least done five years volunteering,’’ she said.

‘‘A lot has happened over that time and for all of them to keep giving their time to our residents is pretty amazing.’’

Joy Anderson is now the co-ordinator of the spiritual and wellbeing carers (previously pastoral carers) and said there was a reason she kept coming back.

‘‘It is a privilege to work with the residents and learn their stories and be a part of their lives,’’ she said.

‘‘It is hard sometimes when residents pass away but to be there in their final days for them and their families is really nice.’’

Ms Anderson said over the years they had formed special bonds with the residents.

‘‘There is one resident I bring country newspapers to, another likes the Deniliquin Pastoral Times and another I bring different magazines to,’’ she said.

‘‘It is something familiar to them and is a small thing to brighten their day.’’