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begins at home
WHILE SOME SENIORS may feel they
have fulfilled their duties in giving
back to the community, Helen Gordon, who
retired from nursing fifteen years ago, still
enjoys helping others. Whilst they may
not be the typical duties of a caring nurse,
she is still giving generously to those
Helen resides at Calvary's Independent
Living Village, St Luke's. She also
volunteers at the village, teaching her
neighbours to use computers with
confidence, and surf the net with style.
Helen teaches at the Broadband for
Seniors Kiosk, which is funded by the
Australian Government twice a week. The
program has been running since February
and is designed to help seniors to become
familiar with computer technology.
Helen is able to use a computer and
navigate the internet independently and
confidently and she feels it is important for
other seniors to be able to do the same. It
is not only Helen's thorough knowledge and
understanding of computers that make her
such an ideal teacher, but also her patient
and generous nature.
"I just enjoy volunteering," she says proudly.
"The reward is being able to help people."
Without doubt Helen (known as Mitzi to her
close friends) will continue volunteering,
but it is her students who most enjoy her
classes. A sign in their learning area reads
"Mitzi is a Gem. She is so patient, we, her
students are looking forward to many hours
National Volunteer Week is observed from
9 May and Helen's patient and charming
personality certainly fulfils the 2011
National Volunteer Week theme, "Inspiring
the Volunteer in You."
Helen is just one of 5.4 million Australians
who volunteer each year. She belongs
to a generous network of helpers
contributing more than 700 million hours to
With volunteering continuing to grow,
(in 1995, 24% of the population
volunteered; in 2000, 32% and 2006, 35%)
Helen encourages others who are thinking
to volunteer, to get out there. "Help others
advance," she says. "I'm going to keep
volunteering for as long I can."
Helen's peers fully appreciate her
generosity and have said "thank you" many
times. National Volunteer Week is a time
to celebrate fellow Australians who also
volunteer their time in many ways, and to
say "thank you" to them as well.
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