The Wollondilly Advertiser – Time to say thanks to Macarthur volunteers

There is no doubt about it – Macarthur is home to some very generous volunteers.

This week is a chance to recognise the efforts of those dedicated people.

National Volunteers Week allows locals to celebrate and acknowledge the work of Macarthur’s volunteers.

Campbelltown Meals on Wheels volunteer Sue Murrell has only been working with the organisation for 10 months but she said it had already changed her life.

“I retired and I was doing a few things but I still had a lot of spare time,” she said.

“I have a friend who uses Meals on Wheels Services so I decided I wanted to help out.

“It is the easiest thing in the world to help people in need and I just love it.”

Mrs Murrell said working with Meals on Wheels clients was an enriching and valuable experience.

“I get to visit with people, spend time with them and I have learnt some wonderful things about their lives,” the Ingleburn resident said.

“There are a lot of misconceptions out there about Meals on Wheels and what we do but we all know someone who could use a little bit of help sometimes.

“Volunteering is just something small you can do to help people in your community.”

Buxton resident Helen Fenning has volunteered with the Buxton Rural Fire Service (RFS) for the past 35 years.

She said she joined the service to protect her area.

“Because of where we live I thought it was important to learn more about fire safety and fire behaviour,” she said.

“I didn’t join to watch homes or people’s lives perish I wanted to help make it a safer community.”

Ms Fenning said she enjoyed working with her fellow volunteers.

“It’s the camaraderie within the service and making new friends,” she said.

“I also love watching young people develop their skills.

“In Wollondilly a lot of families join the RFS together so it becomes a real family affair as well.”

Sally Jimenez was looking for a way to help dogs find a home.

The Narellan resident was delighted to hear Greyhound Rescue was moving to the Camden region from Sydney.

“I have always loved dogs and I wanted to help the organisation find these dogs a home,” she said.

“You get to see dogs who never had any love become a completely different animal by the time they leave.

“There is a lot of love here.”

Ms Jimenez encouraged other people to try volunteering.

“Even a little bit of effort can make a huge difference.”

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