Camillo man still gets a kick out of volunteer work more than 30 years on


Ted Watts. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d479669
Ted Watts. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d479669

A KNOCK on the door was all it took to turn Ted Watts into a long-time volunteer.

Mr Watts was at home when a member from the Balga-based Apex Club rapped on his door as part of a doorknock campaign.

He was so impressed when he learned about the work they did in the community he joined up as a volunteer on the spot.

More than 30 years later, the Camillo resident is still giving back to the local community, volunteering his time at the Crossways Community Services in Kelmscott and as president of the Lions Club of Armadale Kelmscott.

Just like that initial door knock, it was a small request that led to a long-term commitment at Crossways.

“I was about to retire and as a Lion I was invited by the City of Armadale to attend a sundowner,” Mr Watts said.

“My objective was to network with other groups to assist Lions, but when Crossways learned that I was available to teach adults on how to use a computer, they asked me to assist them in training adults on computers.

“It all went from there.”

Mr Watts said he enjoyed experiencing those simple satisfactions that volunteering could bring.

“I enjoy giving back to the community, seeing the smiles on those in need when they receive assistance and when others learn from my experiences and knowledge,” he said.

“There will come a day when I will need assistance and I would hope that there are many volunteering organisations out there that can assist me in my later years, but for now I put in what I can when I can.

“Volunteering is very rewarding, not for the money but the knowledge that you have assisted another person to live a better life or achieve their personal goals.”

Know a deserving volunteer?

Head to awards.volunteeringwa.org.au before March 9 to nominate them for the 2018 WA Volunteer of the Year Awards.

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