An Ode to our Volunteers!
No matter the day or the month or the year
Our volunteers are always here
To help with the elderly the confused or the sick
Our volunteers know they have been hand picked!
A warm friendly smile, and reassuring voice,
is the best dressed volunteer’s accessory of choice
You wear brightly coloured costumes; you wear blue, coral and red,
You even wag your tail when people….. pat your heads.(St John Therapy Dog Program)
You often see what others do not, you can understand what people sometimes just want,
A little compassion goes a long way
You genuinely help people with their hospital stay.
You are our "ear to the ground" so to speak, it is your caring that everyone seeks.
We see you on every floor all areas and more, ED ( ER) , OPD, Cancer Clinic and the Lab
in Mamo, the Mail, flower care and , gift shop too
Pre Surgical Screening, Information Desks all of these and more who knew?
TeaTime, Meal Time , Music Time, Craft Time, Cuddlers. and floats,
Ortho Clinics, Library, baby clinics, ICU, and visiting you always raise hope!
You help brighten lives a little at a time,
offering a book, or a candy, lending an ear is all so kind.
You do things at home to help those in need,
Knitting and sewing you are up to speed,
Unique and fun items the crafter can do
fancy table runners and scarves to name a few
The patients are cozy thanks to your care, they are all so grateful
their feet and their laps are not bare!
And you also take pride and great efforts in doing their Hair!
Achievements in fundraising, you all should be proud; the goals you have reached rise higher than clouds.
Time is precious this is all true, with many other commitments we know we are only a part of what you do
We know you are busy, with family and friends your volunteering spirit knows no end.
You seldom say no, you often do more……so now it is time to thank you a bunch
and enough of me talking lets have lunch!
I wrote this poem for our wonderful hospital volunteers at our annual recognition luncheon March 2012