Moylan recognises volunteer efforts
Posted on Monday, 24 October 2011
Greenmount is a long way from Cambodia or Tonga, but for three volunteers a visit to the office of Hon Judi Moylan MP provided a chance to recall their overseas volunteering experiences.
Rowan Clarke, Jacqueline Pedley and Shari Freeman were presented with certificates of appreciation for their volunteering efforts and they were keen to share their experiences with Mrs Moylan.
"I studied Health promotions at Curtin and I had always wanted to work overseas," recalls Miss Freeman.
"I was a youth development officer with the Tonga Ministry of Training, Employment, Youth and Sports and it was an amazing experience."
Ms Pedley, who was an Australian Business Volunteer in Cambodia for six months, also has fond memories of her time volunteering.
"The people are so generous, they’ll do anything for you," she said.
"I made some really good friends and we still keep in touch. I would definitely go back."
Mr Clarke spent 12 months with Australian Volunteers International in Timor-Leste, assisting them with their agriculture.
While there, he met his wife Rebecca, also a volunteer. They have now settled in York with their daughter of seven months, Katie.
Volunteers contribute to the aid program both by working in-country, sharing their time and expertise to enhance the living standards of others, and by sharing their experiences and knowledge of other countries when they return home.
The Certificates of Appreciation program provides a valuable opportunity to broaden community awareness of the overseas aid work done through Australian volunteer programs. It gives recognition to the important contribution such programs make in developing countries.