National Volunteer Week is a time to honor and appreciate the invaluable contributions made by our Club's volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time, skills, and passion to make a positive impact on our community. In the spirit of this special occasion, we are thrilled to present our volunteer interview series, where we delve into the remarkable stories of just some of the inspiring individuals who have chosen to make a difference.
What motivated you to become a PMLSC Volunteer?
I grew up doing nippers and I always loved the beach. My mother and sister were patrollers themselves and always told me how amazing. Once I did my course and started to patrol, I realised just how fun and rewarding it was.
In your opinion, what makes volunteering such a valuable and rewarding experience, and how does it contribute to personal growth and development?
Personally, I love the feeling of being wanted and appreciated. The fact that I am actively helping people has boosted my self esteem. The friendships I’ve made with the people at my club are friendships that I could never recreate with anyone else.
Can you share a specific moment or experience during your volunteer work that stands out to you and reinforces your love for volunteering and or the club?
I participated in the Midsumma Pride March in February 2023. Walking down the streets we were bombarded with thank you’s from members of the public. This flood of appreciation made all of us realise the impact lifesavers have on the community. My spirits were lifted after this experience and I am thankful for doing it.
What keeps you motivated to continue volunteering for PMLSC?
All the lifelong friendships I have made and the free chips from the café downstairs :)