90-year-old Furnissdale resident in line for Volunteering WA award


Jean Eaton is a finalist in the Volunteering WA Awards.
Jean Eaton is a finalist in the Volunteering WA Awards.

AT 90 years of age, Jean Eaton is into her eighth year of volunteering for Wheelchairs for Kids.

The Furnissdale resident is a finalist in the Volunteering WA – WA People’s Choice Spirit of Volunteering Awards 2017.

Mrs Eaton volunteers every single day by sewing tool, nuts and bolts bags that accompany much needed wheelchairs provided to children with disabilities around the world.

She sews more than 3000 tool bags and nuts and bolts bags each year to keep up with the number of wheelchairs distributed.

As well as keeping up with such a large supply request, Mrs Eaton goes over and above by providing additional bags so Wheelchairs for Kids have a stockpile.

She also crochets beautiful rugs for Wheelchairs for Kids, distributed with the wheelchairs to brighten the day of a child with a disability.

Coolup man Raalin Wheeler (Wheeler Field Forward Air Base) is also a finalist.

The awards are determined by public vote

Choose your most deserving at www.volunteeringwa.org.au.

The volunteer with the most votes will receive the 2017 People’s Choice Spirit of Volunteering Award.

By voting, you’re in a draw to win $1000 for your preferred volunteer’s not-for-profit organisation.

Voting ends Sunday April 30.

The finalists

Lillian Donald (Food Rescue)
Heather Donaldson (Salvation Army Emergency Services)
Michelle Dunlop (The Grief Centre)
Jean Eaton (Wheelchairs for Kids)
Neil Johnson (Project Numbat Inc)
Pearl Keller (Harvest Lakes Residents Association)
Raalin Wheeler (Wheeler Field Forward Fire Base)
George White (City of Subiaco)

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