‘Tis the season to volunteer in support of Vision Australia

IN THE SPIRIT: Chris Harris and Troy Gladwell are encouraging community members to volunteer to gift-wrap. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS
IN THE SPIRIT: Chris Harris and Troy Gladwell are encouraging community members to volunteer to gift-wrap. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

You would be strapped to find anyone in Albury-Wodonga who hasn’t benefited from Vision Australia’s annual gift-wrapping fundraiser.

For those who detest neatly packaging all those gifts, having someone do it for you at the cost of a gold coin donation is a downright life-saver.

Now Vision Australia is seeking more volunteers for its annual campaign, the only major fundraiser for the Albury office.

Volunteer co-ordinator Tory Gladwell said community members could give up their time to help wrap gifts at Myer Centrepoint right up until Christmas Eve.

“Because it’s such a busy time and there are so many shifts to fill, we are still looking for more volunteers to fill the roster,” he said.

“Shifts are usually three to four hours and people can elect to do any amount they can.

“Police checks and working with children checks are required, but we provide plenty of support to help get them done if a new volunteer doesn’t already have them.”

Mr Gladwell said corporate volunteers were also welcome and businesses were invited to bring their staff and share in the Christmas spirit.

“It’s a great opportunity to support people with vision loss in our local community,” he said.

“All money raised during this time stays in the region and is directed straight to client support, helping them live the life they choose.”

Community members can also support Vision Australia by caring for a Seeing Eye Dog puppy.

Vision Australia Riverina and North East regional manager Helen Vey said carers were supported by a puppy development officer who provides guidance, with food and veterinary costs covered by SED.

“Our carers provide puppies with a loving home, but they also support their training and development by helping to teach basic obedience, socialisation, how to walk in relaxed manner on a lead and many other vital skills,” she said.

  • To volunteer to gift-wrap, contact Troy at 02 6041 8813, and for more information about supporting Seeing Eye Dogs, contact 1800 03 77 73.