Give and take is about volunteers

FOR more than 20 years, Raymond Munro has been giving to the Coffs Coast community.

Yesterday, Raymond got a little back, when he and 30 other volunteers at the Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre were recognised for their efforts in a special ceremony. Raymond, who has been at the Neighbourhood Centre for 23 years, said being confined to a wheelchair made him feel like giving back to the community.

“I got into volunteering because I wanted to be able to help people, rather than always be the one who was helped,” he said.

“Society looks after me with a pension and gives me the equipment I need, so it's the least I can do to give something back.”

He's been through the tough and the good times with the Neighbourhood Centre, and his experience has allowed him to become part of more than eight community organisations - which takes up more time than a full-time job.

“It helps me grow as a person, it's helped me grow and learn and enabled me to put something back, it's been so rewarding.”

His colleague, Eileen Van Den Eertwegh, has also been offering her assistance for a massive 20 years.

“When I retired I was used to being busy. I love the variety that volunteering gives you, you never know what will happen each day. Being able to help people has been a huge bonus,” she said.

The volunteers were recognised as part of National Volunteer Week and Neighbourhood Centre Week.

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