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Volunteer bus driver makes a lasting impression
Posted by Alice on June 23, 2014

Cropped_Rod_Webster_Low_Res.jpgFor more than eleven years, Kensington resident Rod Webster has volunteered as a bus driver for SCC. He first became involved with the organisation when his mother moved into SCC’s Joseph Cooke House facility in 2002.

Realising most of the residents at Joseph Cooke House no longer had the ability to drive, he volunteered his services as a bus driver and soon began transporting residents to and from outings, shopping trips and social activities. It wasn’t long before his generous spirit took him all over Perth, volunteering at a range of SCC facilities and retirement villages.

“I drive the bus three to five times a week and have assisted all over Perth, from Rockingham to Forrestfield,” said Rod. “The service gives residents a chance to do their shopping, enjoy an excursion and just get out and about in the community.”

Rod is a firm believer in the importance of helping others and is quick to state that he gets just as much out of his volunteer experience as the residents he assists. 

 “I really enjoy the company of my passengers and have made some great friends along the way. We share stories, recipes and generally just have a laugh. They appreciate what I do and that’s been very rewarding.”

Rod, who is soon to retire from his volunteer bus driving role, was celebrated at a special lunch event hosted by SCC. Speaking at the event, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Margaret Melrose thanked Rod for his ongoing generosity and highlighted the positive impact his contribution has made to the lives of residents and staff.

“Volunteer bus drivers like Rod perform a very important role within SCC. Their service allows us to offer regular day trips and shopping outings to our residents which is great for their wellbeing and keeps them engaged with the wider community. Rod has gone above and beyond in his position and will be truly missed by all of us. ”

While Rod will no longer be behind the wheel of the bus, he will continue to stay in contact with the many SCC residents and staff members that he has helped over the years.

Southern Cross Care is always looking for volunteer bus drivers to assist throughout the Perth metropolitan area. If you, or anyone you know is interested please contact Southern Cross Care, Volunteer Coordinator Margaret Melrose on 9282 9963 or email mmelrose@scrosswa.org.au

Comments:

Posted by Tim on
I am driving a bus at the moment for PEOPLE WHO CARE but I am not getting enough volunteer work from them.
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