Cecily McFarlane – Edenhope

Where do you volunteer your services?

Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, past Hospital Auxiliary president, member of Consumer Reference Group (Previously Community Advisory Committee). Community services (volunteer driver and Meals on Wheels), Edenhope Race Club, Probus, current president, Catholic Church parish councillor. past CFA comms officer (for 20 years) Edenhope Netball Club president, secretary, coach, umpire. School council and parents club. Canteen.

How long have you been volunteering for?

With the Hospital in various roles for 35 years! I have been volunteering in the community since I moved to Edenhope in 1978.

What made you become a volunteer?

Contributing to the community and the services provided and helping it grow.

I initially joined the auxiliary to work to benefit the hospital, as I get a lot of satisfaction out of the improvements that we contribute to – as the hospital is such a vital part of our community. From there the opportunity to join the Community and Consumer Advisory Committee came about. I enjoy being part of this committee as I find out more about what is going on and it gives me an opportunity to put forward ideas.

What is your favourite part about being a volunteer?

I get a lot of pleasure from knowing that I am playing a part in improving our hospital. It helps keep our community strong. Personally I benefit as you are out and about socialising with other like minded people.

What does this year’s theme for National Volunteer Week of ‘Better Together’ mean to you?

By working together we can continue to build a stronger community for the future.