Act to reap the rewards of volunteering

Family of volunteers: Fadzi Mutambiranwa (right) with her sons Mufaro and Munashe. Picture: Cam Campbell
Family of volunteers: Fadzi Mutambiranwa (right) with her sons Mufaro and Munashe. Picture: Cam Campbell

Joondalup Volunteer Resource Centre will present the one-hour informal introduction to volunteering.

It will particularly help people wanting to volunteer for the first time and those seeking a different volunteer experience.

Fadzi Mutambiranwa, a diversity consultant with Woodvale-based organisation Community West, volunteers on the committee for the Joondalup Christmas Lunch and is also a People of Australia Ambassador.

Ms Mutambiranwa said volunteering changed her outlook on life.

‘I started actively volunteering when I was 16 and the highlight for me was when I volunteered for telephone service aimed at suicide prevention,’ she said.

‘I realised the power in a simple act of service and have made it a point to continue on even though I work full-time and study part-time.

‘Being part of the Joondalup Christmas Lunch committee has allowed me to work with others who give of their time and energy to make one day of the year, that can be the most lonely for some, an occasion to remember.

‘To those who are thinking about it, I would say just do it.’

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said volunteers made ‘a huge difference to our community and to the variety and quality of the services the City can offer its residents’.

The Step into Volunteering session will be held on Wednesday, October 30, from 5pm to 6pm. To book, call 9400 4734.