How a smile can make a world of difference

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As one of our longest serving volunteers, Carmel has experienced all of the ups and downs that come with volunteering at Anam Cara House.

 

After losing a close cousin to cancer, and having been through the journey with her, Carmel  decided that she wanted to help others who were going through a tough time of their own. When asked why she volunteers Carmel’s response is simple;  “I want to help very special people through a difficult time. Volunteers play a vital role in the guest’s lives, not only as a helper but also as a confidant. Sometimes I think people keep things to themselves from those closest to them, but they do seem to open up to us……someone they don’t know as well”

 

Throughout 10 years of volunteering at Anam Cara Carmel has assisted in various volunteer roles. On any day she may be welcoming and settling in our carer’s accommodation guests with a smile, fulfilling office duties, supporting our palliative care guests in either Day Hospice or part of the roster for 24 hour palliative care, assisting at functions and events, fund raising, providing representation at committee meetings or being a “buddy” to new volunteers.

 

“One of my favourite things about volunteering at Anam Cara is getting amongst the guests to chat and have a laugh with them. It is such a happy place-it sounds strange but it truly is, said Carmel. “We have had many funny days and there are always sad days too, especially when you hear someone, who you have been caring for has died.”

 

For Carmel, the most rewarding part of working at Anam Cara is that you can help bring happiness and a smile to someone’s day.” You know, sometimes just a smile makes a big difference in life. To know that you have helped someone and possibly bought a glimmer of happiness to their lives is so humbling”.

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Regular Donation

Donate online now to Anam Cara House Geelong’s day-to-day operations so we can continue to deliver our critical services.

There are two key ways to donate.

TRIPLE your donation on Thursday 31st March

Set a reminder for our ‘Million Dollar Challenge Giving Day’. Every donation will be TRIPLED and go directly towards the completion of the New Anam Cara House Geelong.

Regular Donation

Donate online now to Anam Cara House Geelong’s day-to-day operations so we can continue to deliver our critical services.

Anam Cara House Geelong Giving Day

Million Dollar Challenge complete!

We are profoundly grateful for the support the Geelong community has shown on our Million Dollar Challenge Giving Day.

With everyone’s generosity, and the help of our kind matching donors, we raised $1,292,576 to complete our brand new home for people living with life-limiting illness. Thank you Geelong.