At our 2012 AGM, we wanted to recognise the contributions of two dedicated volunteers. Because of their hard work and long term commitment to our foundation, we wanted to offer them a life membership of the Foundation.
Brenda Walker has travelled from the Mornington Peninsula to the Foundation in West Melbourne by public transport every week for over ten years. Brenda has taken responsibility for the management and coordination of our emergency kits, brochures and information sheets.
Loris Fraser has been volunteering for us for 7 years. Loris maintains the filing of the Finance Department with much care and organisation. She always has a cheerful manner and nothing is too much to ask of Loris.
As a not-for-profit organisation we heavily rely on our support from our community. Without our committed volunteers like Brenda and Loris, we would not be able to do the work that we do.
Congratulations Ladies! We are exceptionally proud to have you on our team.
Loris Fraser (Left) and Brenda Walker (Right) with AFV's President of the Board, Doug Gould
' Thank You The Asthma Foundation of Victoria!' - Janet White's Letter
'In February 2013 myself and two colleagues travelled to Tanzania as part of a team of health professionals volunteering to perform health assessments on students at the School of St Jude. (Refer to the school website www.schoolofstjude.org regarding information about this remarkable school).
Before leaving Australia the school sent us a “wish list” of medical supplies that they needed but were difficult to source in Africa. On this list were peak flow meters and asthma spacers.
I approached the Asthma Foundation Victoria and spoke to Sarah Doherty discussing the possibility of having these items donated. Sarah promptly offered the donation of asthma equipment on behalf of AFV. Sarah included a set of ‘model lungs’ to use for teaching purposes – to show the children how asthma was affecting their lungs. Sarah offered to make up some laminated cleaning instructions for the asthma spacers as it was highly likely that the spacers would be used by more than one student. I gladly accepted all that was offered and let the school know what I had been able to obtain.
The health team provided a health assessment of every child at the school over a two week period (1500 children currently attend the school from Grade 1 to year 11). During these health checks several children complained of asthma-like symptoms and with this history and the ability to record peak flow measurements it was possible for the doctors to diagnose asthma and refer these children to a local doctor for ongoing treatment. The model lungs were very helpful at this time to explain asthma to the children and allay their immediate anxiety.
By the generous donation the AFV has made a tangible difference to the children at St Jude’s. Several children were diagnosed with Asthma during their health assessment and a proactive explanation (with the aid of the model lungs), of what this meant really helped the children understand their symptoms. I would like to thank AFV on behalf of these children and the school.'
We thank Janet for her kind words and hard work and we were very privileged to be apart of this great work.
Many of The Asthma Foundation of Victoria's volunteers assist with day to day administrative tasks at the head office in West Melbourne.
Becoming a volunteer with The Asthma Foundation of Victoria provides an opportunity to maintain skills between jobs, learn new skills and feel that you're contributing to an important cause.
Without any Government assistance for core activities at The Asthma Foundation of Victoria, the work of our volunteers is vital in helping the organisation carry out its work to help the 600,000 Victorians with asthma.
There are currently no volunteering vacancies in our head office. However, throughout the year we do hope to have some events where we need volunteers. Please contact us to show your interest, so that we can keep you in mind for our next event.
For Further Information
If you would like further information about volunteering with The Asthma Foundation of Victoria, please contact The Foundation on the numbers below or use our online contact form:
Ph: (03) 9326 7088
Toll Free: 1800 645 130