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Posted by admin, May 28, 2010 12:29 am

There are a number of Bundaberg volunteers who play a vital role in helping to raise funds to improve the lives of local patients.

The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation is a local non-profit organisation which supports community health projects and Bundaberg Hospital services, research and training and raises funds for medical equipment.

For the Foundation to continue its vital work it relies on donations from the public, gifts and bequests left in wills and fundraising activities.

Recently the Foundation established a new coffee bar in the Bundaberg Hospital staff dining room for use by staff and is now operating successfully thanks to a willing band of volunteers.

Health Services Foundation chairman Janet Tallon paid tribute to these volunteers, as part of Volunteers Week recently, who were playing an important role in helping the Foundation raise vital funds.

“It’s tremendous that they can give their time to help in this very worthwhile project which ultimately helps hospital staff and patients,” she said.

“You don’t have to be a doctor or nurse to be part of the team that saves and improves the lives of patients – these volunteers are making a great contribution by giving some of their time to the Foundation,” Mrs Tallon said.

A number of volunteers took part in a Barista Training Course earlier this year and now volunteer on a roster basis for about four hours each time.

Barista volunteers include members of the Bargara Lioness Club, partners and friends of hospital staff, retired staff and members of the public.

Volunteer Bianca Chamberlain said she took up a volunteering position with the Foundation because she not only wanted to learn more about being a barista but also contributing to a worthwhile cause.

“It’s been really fun learning more about coffee, great getting to know the staff and knowing we’re helping support patient services,” she said.

The Coffee Bar opened in February and is growing in popularity among hospital staff members who are appreciating the opportunity to buy “real” coffee.

The Hospital Foundation has been running for over 10 years by a board of dedicated business and community leaders who also offer their time voluntarily.

If you would like to help volunteer for the Foundation and make a difference to the lives of patients please telephone 4150 2863.

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