Stories - August 9, 2018
Murray, the accidental volunteer
Murray didn’t actually intend to become a volunteer.
Spotting a call for Community Transport drivers to take patients to and from hospital appointments, Murray went down to Intereach to find out more.
“I didn’t realise it was a volunteer position at the time,” Murray said. “I thought it would be a good job to drive people around to their appointments. When I found out it was a volunteer position I decided to give it a go anyway, and nearly ten years later I’m still here!”
Intereach Community Transport provides transport for older people, transport disadvantaged and Department of Veterans Affairs support recipients, for shopping, appointments and social outings. The service transports around 110 people a week in the Deniliquin area and is completely reliant on volunteer drivers like Murray.
“I like driving so I get to do something I enjoy. Every day is different, it keeps me busy and productive and I’m never bored!”
Murray - Community Transport driver
Would Murray recommend other people consider volunteering? “Absolutely not,” Murray laughed, “I wouldn’t want them taking any of my volunteer shifts away from me! Seriously though, Community Transport is a wonderful service that does wonderful work. If this service didn’t exist then I think life would be a lot harder for the people who rely on it. I enjoy getting involved in the community and helping others. Volunteering can really make a difference in people’s lives and that gives me a great feeling.”
Want to find out more about volunteering with Intereach, or interested to know how Intereach Community Transport can help you or your loved one? Contact the Intereach Community Transport Team on 03 5890 5200