‘A selfless act of kindness’: Blacktown Hospital volunteers celebrated as the spirit and soul of the hospital

Volunteers have spent decades fundraising and supporting the patients and visitors at Blacktown Hospital, and this National Volunteer Week they were proudly celebrated at a ceremony attended by members of Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals’ leadership team.

This year’s Volunteer Week theme is ‘The Change Makers’, and BMDH Director of Finance & Corporate Services Raj Krishnaswamy said this encapsulates the impact that volunteers have made through their fundraising and support for patients and visitors over the decades.

“Volunteering is a selfless act of kindness that has the power to make a real difference in people’s lives,” Raj said.

“You have shown what it means to be change makers by your dedication and commitment to serving others.

“Our volunteers play a crucial role in various programs throughout the hospital, undertaking a wide range of roles that extend from administration to fundraising assistance.

“They contribute in areas such as wayfinding, auxiliary fundraising, spiritual care, cardiac rehabilitation, the Pink Team providing assistance in wards, administration support and conducting surveys.”

BMDH HR Director Paul Betts described the volunteers as being the spirit and soul of the hospital. Volunteers change the clinical environment within the facility and create a pleasant atmosphere not just where people come and go but create a connection with the community.

“Volunteers are an asset we cannot do without, and we value your contributions, efficiency, spirit and soul,” Paul said.