Volunteers celebrated across the state

Friday, 12 May 2017

Hundreds of volunteers who selflessly give their time to health services across rural South Australia are being thanked for their tireless dedication and support.

During National Volunteer Week, Country Health SA Chief Executive Officer Maree Geraghty thanked all of the volunteers who work in hospitals, aged care and community health facilities across the state.

“We are lucky to have so many generous and compassionate people – young and old – who help provide care and support for patients and their families across country South Australia,” Ms Geraghty said.

“From Coober Pedy in the state’s north to Streaky Bay on the west coast, from Port Pirie on the Spencer Gulf to Mount Gambier in the South East, nearly 1400 volunteers provide thousands of hours of service every year.

“Volunteers provide a raft of services, everything from running the local kiosk and managing fundraising events to driving people to medical appointments and providing companionship to aged care residents.”                                                              

The number of volunteers working in community, hospital and aged care services across country SA includes:

  • Eyre and Far North: more than 150 volunteers, including 30 in Ceduna
  • Barossa Hills Fleurieu: more than 300 volunteers, the majority of whom assist with the Gawler Health Service
  • Riverland Mallee Coorong: more than 120 volunteers, including 70 at the Riverland General Hospital
  • South East: 400 volunteers, including nearly 150 in Mount Gambier
  • Flinders and Upper North: approximately 170 volunteers, including more than 100 in Whyalla
  • Yorke & Northern: more than 230 volunteers, including 48 in Port Pirie.

Ms Geraghty said she was humbled so many South Australians were willing to volunteer their time with their local health services.

“I would personally like to extend my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of our amazing volunteers – you are a valued and vital part of our health care system,” she said.

“And of course I welcome anyone else who would like to volunteer their time with our wonderful health services.

“For more information, contact your local health service.”

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