WHEN Ruvimbo Tambiri spent her April school holidays helping seniors living at MercyCare’s residential aged care facility in Rockingham, the experience had such a profound impact on her life that she relinquished her July holidays to continue her efforts.
“Volunteering at MercyCare was one of the most fulfilling things I have done in my life,” Ruvimbo said .
The Mercedes College Year 10 student’s selfless efforts were praised during National Student Volunteer Week.
Ruvimbo volunteered at MercyCare for 20 hours during the April school holidays as part of a school program and returned in July for another 25 hours.
“I worked alongside many aged care professionals, occupational therapists and carers, learning just how important it is for organisations like MercyCare to help support people as they age,” she said.
“It allowed me to build professional relationships and lifelong skills, and it has helped me to have a different outlook on life and the way I choose to live it.
“There is so much joy in giving and making a positive impact on other people’s lives.”
The MercyCare Schools Program, now in its fourth year, opens the community service experience to student volunteers at a range of MercyCare sites, including in child care, aged care and respite care for people living with dementia.