This month we are pleased to interview David Bridger, a Centacare volunteer with a big heart. We asked David a few questions about his volunteering experiences.
How long have you been volunteering for?
“I have been volunteering since 1979 as a blood donor, giving blood every 3 months in Perth and here in Geraldton for the past twenty years.”
Where are you currently volunteering?
“At present I am volunteering with Centacare Geraldton participating in the Home visiting service”
Please describe your volunteer role.
“The current role I perform is to provide support for the Centacare Volunteer Service with home visits to isolated clients that require extra assistance.
Also attempt to provide a realistic view of the world and to chat about different subjects from day to day issues that may arise during the discussions.
I help to provide a positive aspect to discussions as best as possible.”
What do you enjoy about volunteering?
The main enjoyment for me is giving something back to the community, having received a lot of help on the way with people volunteering their time with children’s sporting/schooling activities etc.
Helping the less fortunate in life and putting your own life back into perspective of how things can change very quickly.
Doing something positive to assist others in need!
What is your most memorable volunteering experience and why?
“Being involved with the Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club, during the period of membership performing rescues at Back Beach over the summer period when large coastal rips were prevalent.
Many times over the years I was involved with several rescues and it required a good level of fitness and skill to assist persons in trouble.
Being involved with the development of the younger members of the club!
Receiving annual updates relating to first aid and also being able to use those skills in normal life if needed!
The reason I enjoyed this volunteering role mainly was doing something I enjoyed, being at the beach in summer and providing a good reason to keep fit and skilled in first aid.”
We would like to thank David for this wonderful contribution, thank you David
We would also encourage community members who feel they have the time and interest to volunteer to contact us here at Centacare Volunteer Services so we can refer you onto a suitable volunteer role.