This November I will commence my fourth year of volunteering for Telethon Community Cinemas at Murdoch University. I commit to one night per week and do the occasional nights at Burswood Outdoor Cinema as the need arises. My night may include volunteering in the box office, front of house, bar/candy sales, as a barista, distribution of bean bags and selling raffle tickets.
Working as a dentist for 32 years, I really enjoy the company of my fellow volunteers and the interaction with the general public. The age range of the "vollies" is from university students to retirees like myself and everyone in between. They are all highly motivated to making the cinema experience totally enjoyable for the patrons, whilst raising much needed funds for children's charities.
My involvement with Melville Volunteer Resource Centre was prompted by seeing the sign on Canning Highway in Wireless Hill Park. As I commenced retirement nine years ago, I wanted to give back to the community whilst home in Perth after travelling each year. Through the centre I have made volunteering connections with MSWA, Red Nose, RSPCA, Festival of Perth, Art Gallery Of W.A., and Open House Perth.
Volunteering is now an important part of my life, especially now with the travel limitations due to COVID 19. It has been a great pleasure working with the different organisations, in differing locations and with like minded people who like to contribute back to society.