Mater hospital volunteers Ron Waters and Meca Ligo (in yellow) help patient Corinnie, alongside the rehabilitation team Greg Peacock, Rose Aquilizan and Sherry-Kaye Savage.
Mater hospital volunteers Ron Waters and Meca Ligo (in yellow) help patient Corinnie, alongside the rehabilitation team Greg Peacock, Rose Aquilizan and Sherry-Kaye Savage. Amber Hooker

First-year nursing student happy to lend a helping hand

MECA Ligo's desire to help others was born from helping those closest to her.

After she graduated from high school, the now CQUni first-year nursing student returned to her hometown in the Philippines to look after her grandparents post Typhoon Haiyan.

Now returned, the 20-year-old cannot help but take the time to lend her services to the Rockhampton Mater Hospital and yesterday spent her first day among a group of 28 volunteers.

The group help with everything from escorting visitors, to offering clinical, patient care and rehabilitation assistance.

Fellow volunteer Ron Waters has become quite the regular in the halls and wards of the Mater Hospital, lending his help three days a week for the past three months.

Ron said the role was a satisfying way to spend his days after retiring from an extensive career at Ergon Energy.

"Mostly it is about me," he laughed.

"As well as helping other people, it gives me fulfilment."

Executive officer Annette Czerkesow said it was impossible to calculate just how much volunteers contributed to the organisation, but they were an integral support network for both the staff and patients in their care.

"They are like the icing on the cake," Ms Czerkesow said.

It is National Volunteer Week.

Volunteer organisation in CQ

Coral Coast Capricorn Lifeline - seeking retail/warehouse and community visitor volunteers

Multicap - BBQ and karaoke volunteers

Rockhampton Red Cross - Pillowcase Project presenters and retail assistants

RSPCA - Volunteer ambulance driver

Multicultural Development Association - refugee support

For full list and details, visit volunteeringqld.org.au



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