INNALOO resident Peg Eaton has been helping underprivileged people for 65 years.
She began fundraising as a foundation board member for Bethanie (then Churches of Christ Homes) in 1954 and, now aged in her 90s, continues as a volunteer with the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal.
Ms Eaton raised enough money to send 400 boxes as part of the appeal and is already fundraising for this year’s collection, where she aims to send 500 boxes.
Bethanie recently awarded Ms Eaton life membership, along with fellow volunteer Ron Hancock, of Watermans Bay.
Mr Hancock has volunteered with the aged care provider for 52 years, bringing joy to people through his passion for music.
He plays piano, entertaining and engaging with residents, most regularly at Bethanie’s Kingsley and Warwick sites.
Chief executive Chris How said volunteers like Ms Eaton and Mr Hancock were vital.
“Whether it’s through social interaction with a resident, participating in games, playing music or helping with the dishes, volunteers like Ron and Peg are invaluable and we truly thank them for their service,” he said.