Whilst in isolation after returning from New Zealand, Deb Elliott, was contacted by the Rotary Club of Sunbury to see if she could make 1,000 nurse’s scrub caps for Royal Melbourne Hospital. Deb loves a challenge and in 4 weeks, she and her team have made over 12,000 caps for 25 Hospitals and clinics including Geelong Hospitals. Deb and friends started a Facebook Group ‘Helping Our Hospital Heroes Australia’. There are 6 administrators and the group have 1,600 members made up of sewers from all over Australia. They’ve even had requests for caps from overseas.
Deb tells us “This volunteer project is about contributing, connecting, sharing, pride and trust. The response from hospital staff who have received caps has been one of joy and feeling supported by the community.
“My mum was a volunteer, I’ve volunteered since I was in my 20s and I have the children next door making scrub bags. It is good for them to be introduced to the joys of volunteering.”
We are excited to announce that Deb has joined the Humans in Geelong team of volunteers.
@humansingeelong @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.
#NVW2020 #humansingeelong #makingadifference #ilovevolunteers #socialimpact #getinvolved
Story: Jacqui Bennett. Photo: Kindly supplied by the Geelong Independent.