NVW 2020, Judy Lidstone.

Judy Lidstone is amazing; she overcomes the challenge of arthritis, to do weekly feed outs to  rescued horses, ponies and animals. Having a love for animals and the outdoors, Judy, a retired vet nurse, volunteers at The Winged Horse Equine Welfare Centre in Portarlington. After moving to the region 5 years ago, she attended an open day at the Centre and has been volunteering there ever since.

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The Centre is run by Carolyn Bischof and is home to 43 rescued horses, sheep, goats, 3 pigs and chooks. Many of the horses have been referred by the RSPCA.

“I use to have horses of my own. Volunteering at the centre has been an amazing journey. I’ve met up with people from all walks of life who have the same interests as me. It’s great exercise and cheaper than going to the gym.” Judy tell us.

“Once this is all over, we’d gladly welcome more volunteers at the Centre.” http://www.thewingedhorse.org/

Carolyn adds “Among her roles, Judy trains new volunteers, takes the cats to the vet if needed, watches training sessions, attends every volunteer meeting, and is my ‘rock’. She never waivers in her support, is highly intuitive, and regularly comes up with great suggestions for improvements. Judy is a most positive, hardworking, loyal, funny, intelligent and wise volunteer. We are so lucky to have her as a vital member of The Winged Horse Equine Welfare Centre team.

Humans in Geelong, genU and Volunteering Geelong are recognising amazing volunteers from the Geelong region each day of National Volunteer Week May 18-24th. Volunteering can come in many shapes and forms. You can follow your passion. Volunteering leads to many benefits; a sense of purpose, it helps make you happy, increases your confidence, helps others and our environment, it helps our mental and physical health, and can be a pathway to work.

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Story: Jacqui Bennett. Photo: Supplied