Mandurah’s Mayor Rhys Williams, along with more than 70 volunteers and residents, and a number of staff from RAAFA’s Central Support Office, attended the volunteer thankyou afternoon tea at Erskine Grove at the end of May.
“It was a really great celebration of the wonderful unsung heroes in our community - our volunteers,” said Helen MacBeth, Estate Manager.
“We were delighted to have the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor not only attend the event, but also speak at length about the difference our volunteers make to our community, and also our CEO John Murray who also gave a speech about how much our volunteers are valued.”
A recent calculation shows that 108 residents at Erskine Grove are volunteers, in addition to one non-resident volunteer - Wietse Vander Kooi – whose wife Maureen works at Meadow Springs Estate.
What’s more, 31 volunteers of the 108 dedicate their time by helping out with activities such as bus driving, buggy driving and reading the meters. The additional 77 volunteers take it upon themselves to assist around the estate in various ways, including sitting on committees, in the chapel group and by participating in various activities, such as slimmers group, the Vale Committee, exercise groups, computer club, craft club and helping organise the Christmas children’s party.
Regardless of how they volunteer, all of them were thanked and celebrated at the delicious afternoon tea, which was catered for by Halls Head College, as part of their new initiative’ Break Away Café which teaches high school students about hospitality and tourism.
On behalf of RAAFA, thank you to all of our volunteers for everything you do. You are very much appreciated in our community, and we value your dedication and commitment of time enormously.