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Unstoppable volunteer nominated for award

When Dolores Jaeger moved to Langwarrin from Shepparton she knew nobody until another lady introduced herself at the local shops, and asked her to join their walking group.

Fast forward 10 years and Dolores has now clocked up more than 4000 hours walking, providing warm up and cool down exercises as a volunteer walk leader for the Karingal Hub Walking Group.

This week is National Volunteer Week –  an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

“Dolores provides the practical, motivational and emotional support that has made the walking group such a success,” said Peninsula Health Volunteer Manager Helen Wilson.

“Her commitment is best described as unstoppable!”

More than 100 people participate in the walks around the shopping centre each week.

“God I love it,” exclaimed Dolores, when asked about her volunteer work.

“Just love, love, love it!”

As well as leading the walking group four times a week, Dolores also dedicates three hours a week to working as an ACE volunteer in Frankston Emergency Department.

“I enjoy being able to offer a warm blanket, give children a teddy bear or hold someone’s hand when they are scared.”

Dolores commitment to helping others is highlighted by her giving even more of her time to do extra shifts in the Emergency Department every Christmas and New Year’s Day.

“Dolores is an exemplary example of volunteering and volunteer leadership, with a good mix of humour, warmth and practical organisation skills,” said Helen.

Dolores is nominated for the 2017 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards in the category of Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer: Improving the patient experience.

The award winners will be announced on 23 May.

There are many opportunities to volunteer at Peninsula Health. You can contact Helen Wilson on 03 9784 2673 or hwilson@phcn.vic.gov.au. 


Jessica Mills