SOME might say that volunteers are priceless, and that is certainly true with Centacare Brisbane’s group of Moreton Bay Transport Program volunteers.
The volunteers completely manage and organise the social bus trips for clients, and the outings have gone to greater success since a new 22-seater bus was introduced.
Clients vote on trips to be undertaken, and these have included trips to the beach and the countryside – locations that the clients can’t normally access.
One of Centacare’s valued volunteers Kerry Hayes said, “I volunteer because I am retired and I have MS (multiple sclerosis), so I volunteered as I just wanted to keep active and busy; it fulfils that role for me.
“It makes me feel fantastic when I get to see the clients getting out and enjoying themselves.
“If we weren’t doing this, they would not get out of their homes often.
“This is why I volunteer.”
Planned trips include outings to the movies and lunch.
The trips are made more fun with the volunteers and clients taking the microphone at the front of the bus to entertain each other with jokes and stories.
Program co-ordinator Lyn Gleeson said, “It always makes me happy to see the clients coming back with a beaming smile on their faces.”
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