Volunteering reaps rewards for everyone
Individual U3A members are recognised for their volunteering work. They are living the volunteer life within their local communities .
Mary Wicks, the President of U3A Sunbury was made an officer of the Order of Australia this year for her community service. She follows a long tradition of U3A members receiving Australia Day Awards for their volunteer work in their local communities.
Mary is a long-time resident of Sunbury volunteering with many organisations most notably the Red Cross, Sunbury Community Health and was a steward at the Sunbury Agricultural show for twenty years. “I looked around into various organisations and thought, ‘Where can I be the most useful’. “I firmly believe in what the Red Cross represents.
Mary says volunteering is a great way to “appreciate the needs of people” and “If there’s a need, you put your mind to it and do something about it. “That’s the way a community grows, of course.”
Mary has made lots of good friends through volunteering and says that, ‘whilst you move on to other organisations, the friendships still last’.
At age 84, Mary is showing no signs of slowing down.
story from Jessica Micallef - Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Star Weekly journalist
photo: Marco De Luca
U3A Latrobe Valley were very proud of Wendy Brown, a member of their Committee of Management, for receiving a Victorian Government Meritorious Award for more than 15 volunteer years’ service to the Multicultural Group in Morwell. This was no ordinary award ‘Meritorious’ means ‘deserving of praise’, and this award is a chance to praise and thank those who work tirelessly for others. Wendy was recognised for her valuable contributions as a member of Morwell’s International Women’s Group for the past 15 years, including providing free computer skills classes and helping fellow members with job applications and navigating government systems such as Centrelink.
Margret (Marnie) Sloane, from U3A Seymour and District won a COTA Seniors award in the Healthy and Active Living Award category. She was nominated by her peers for her volunteering work for the Cancer Council of Victoria and as a deliverer of Meals on Wheels for many years.