‘Priceless' workers recognised
VISION Australia volunteers were reminded yesterday that their work was unpaid notbecause they were worthless, but because they were priceless.
Northern NSW volunteer co-ordinator Dean Hancock and team manager Lynn Dalmazzorecognised the valuable work of their selfless helpers at a humble award ceremony at the Goonellabah Sports Club.
Vision Australia's Lismorevolunteers provide taped voicerecordings of The Northern Star.
Across NSW there are eight talking newspapers and a talking book library servicing the vision impaired and print handicapped.
Mr Hancock said that nationally the organisation had 4100 registered volunteers who contributed 250,000 hours each year.
“That's the equivalent of 6600 weeks of work, or nearly 140 extra full-time paid staff,” he said.
Marj Gasteen, 87, was surprised she'd given two decades' service.
“I didn't realise I had been doing it for 20 years,” Mrs Gasteen said.
“I've enjoyed making friends as well as the work I've done.”
Anyone interested in using Vision Australia services can call 1300VISION.