THE friendships formed and people helped are the main reasons why Maddington resident Patricia Christie has volunteered her time for more than 30 years.
The 67-year-old has received a WA Volunteer Service Award for her 31 years of volunteering for the Soroptimist International of Western Australia.
She said the club helped raise funds for women’s or children’s groups and would do events from sausage sizzles and quiz nights to fashion parades.
Ms Christie said it was a good way of meeting people.
“It is a very friendly group and meeting other members of the community and supporting those less fortunate gives you a bit of satisfaction to know you are doing something,” she said.
“The friendships you make – they go on forever.
“It’s been a long time and it’s something I just enjoy doing.”
She said she originally joined the local club in Carnarvon before moving to the Canning district.
“I got involved up there as it was a small town and a good way of meeting people and give back to the community,” she said.
“I went to Perth and transferred to the Canning district and am the current treasurer and done time as president.
“It keeps me busy and it is an outlet and lots of fun.”
Ms Christie has no plans to stop volunteering any time soon.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the club can contact Ms Christie on 0419 367 452.