The work of Volunteer of the Year, Tuku is recognised at the highest level

Big heart: Volunteer of the Year, Ms Tuku Williams, centre, with Banks MP David Coleman and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.The work of Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre volunteer TukuWilliams was acknowledged recently at the highest level when she was presented with a Volunteer of the Year Award for the Banks electorate by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Ms Williams received the award during a recent visit to the centre by Ms Bishop and Federal MP for Banks, David Coleman.

Ms Williams has been volunteering at the organisation since 2014.

She started as a support for seniors in the art class activities. Three years on she continues to provide valuable assistance wherever she is required to assist in other activities of the Community Aid Centre.

Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre chief executive officer, Anne Farah-Hill said,: “Ms Williams donates many valuable hours during the week to support wherever and whatever she is required to do, sometimes doing as many as 20 hours per week.

‘’Her service to the community is appreciated by all the clients of Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre not to mention the staff and management who value her caring nature as well.

‘’She has a big heart for the seniors and says it truly brings her much joy, satisfaction and a great sense of purpose.’’

Ms Farah-Hill said research shows that volunteers live happier and healthier lives, which is summed in the theme of the recent Volunteer Week was ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’.

Before becoming a volunteer, Ms Williams was spending her time raising her children, and then grandchildren.

Even though she loved doing this, she realised that her passion was for the ageing population when her mother was diagnosed with dementia.

Ms Williams says “I love volunteering at the Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre. The most joyful part of volunteering for me, is being with the elderly clients.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre is located at 30 Morgan Street, Kingsrove.

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