What better way to progress your own recovery than by contributing to that of another!
Last week clients from the East Bentleigh Community Care Unit (CCU) volunteered in a carwash fundraising project that raised much needed funds for Motor Neurone Disease. These individuals didn’t just turn up on the day, they helped plan, prepare and execute the carwash along with Jenny Makros, the CCU psychologist, and other supportive staff.
Going by the smiles on those exhausted faces at the end of the day, it’s fair to say, what they gave in time, elbow grease and energy, they got back in satisfaction.
The project evolved from Jenny’s own involvement in fundraising for MND this year and a presentation given by the MND Association of Victoria that inspired the clients to become involved in fundraising.
The CCU staff saw the therapeutic potential of volunteering and fundraising for their clients and after the usual clearance checks by the CCU manager, Brad Morton, the clients came up with a number of fundraising event ideas. The carwash was the first to be executed!
While volunteering is a selfless act, it has been shown to have many benefits for both mental and physical health. Volunteering has been shown to:
- Provide a sense of connectedness and belonging
- Improve mood
- Improve life satisfaction
- Improve physical health
- And it provides that “helpers High” which comes from the release of feel-good neurotransmitters.
To read more about the benefits of volunteering read this article by the University of Sydney