Wahroonga staff for longer than I can recall have been dreaming of a staffroom. On the 5 October 2012, thanks to Bankwest and Volunteering WA their dream came true. Twenty-seven volunteers from Bankwest rose to the task – armed with sunscreen, hats, brute force and muscle, not to mention a great positive attitude. The Wahroonga rear demountable was transformed into a tranquil, peaceful room of bliss. Fresh paint and new furniture now envelopes the room and we celebrated in style for the Melbourne Cup Day.
The area also now has a fantastic raised garden area, after much pruning and repositioning of railway sleepers. Sanded and sealed table settings, umbrellas and an area for a water feature are just a few of the surprises that greeted staff. The garden beds will become a memorial garden for clients who pass away and give the staff a nice area to reflect and remember.
Another big task that day was the painting of the picket fence that runs the entire frontage of Wahroonga. My thoughts are that the painting crew never want to see either green paint or a paint brush for quite a while.
The Bankwest volunteers worked tirelessly that day – grubby faces and clothes matched perfectly with the happy smiles that donned each and every volunteer. This project could not have gone better.
Take a look at the photographs in our Album.
This is what the Bankwest Volunteers said about the day:
“The satisfaction of completing every task we were given. Meeting new people and seeing the appreciation in the people’s faces.”
“Sense of fulfillment.”
“Team building, fun, and positive.”
“ Working with others to build something that will add value for years.”
“Working with a group to achieve something that will give joy to the people in the facility.”
“Sense of achievement and doing something good for the community.”
“Was wonderful to be able to give back to the community.”
“Really amazed at un-selfish or non-profit activity done by RISE organisation.”
“As the day went on, it was nice to form a connection with the clients.”
“Helping others makes us feel good.”
Thanks Bankwest and everyone who “Gave 1” that day.
Senior Coordinator Volunteers