To celebrate National Volunteer Week (May 20- 26) we sat down with one of our dedicated volunteer Ederlynn.
Tell us about yourself
I’m a mother of one, and I love talking to people, gardening, animals and singing in my choir at church. I volunteer at Dandenong Hospital Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and have been volunteering since 2008.
Share with us what you do when you are volunteering here?
Monday and Wednesday I visit patients in the wards, talking to them and sharing stories. Its beautiful to learn from them. A lot of our patients come from other countries like me and I find it very interesting to hear their stories and share our culture and recipes.
On Thursday and Friday I’m a front guide so I take patients and visitors where they need to go, or I sit with patients while they are waiting to be collected by a family member.
Its such a nice feeling helping people and reminding them it will be ok before they go in.
What does Volunteering mean to you?
For me volunteering is all about being able to contribute your time without financial gain.
What do you love about volunteering?
Its very special, you can meet so many different people from a variety of cultures.
My old dog Sebastian was also a volunteer here for a while. Before he came in I would bathe him and put perfume on him, patients loved seeing him.
Why do you choose to volunteer at Monash Health?
Monash Health is very close to my heart, I’m so happy I get to volunteer here. Dandenong Hospital was was my husband’s second home when he was sick.
One thing about me that people probably don’t know is…
My daughter is a bioscience student and represents Australia in taekwondo and Dodgeball. I’m a very proud mum