Written by Volunteer Sue Custance

Although hesitant to take praise for their volunteering, Vicki and Ann are in fact extraordinary in all they do, in particular their roles of administration and reception.

What do they say? Many hands make light work! With all that others have on their plate, these hard working happy volunteers assist with sorting, filing, answering phones or whatever is required.

Vicki was volunteering elsewhere but realised her energy could be better utilised closer to home and in a different environment. A phone call to Sunshine Coast Volunteering put her in touch with Bloomhill Cancer Care and she hasn’t looked back. That was two years ago. She loves the people, clients and the beautiful surrounds.

Initially starting as a barista, Vicki found the sometimes lengthy periods of time on her feet a challenge, but didn’t complain. “I think others noticed that I was having difficulty so they offered me a role with transport in an admin capacity.”

“That was one day a week but I was soon able to help out in other situations like helping the nurses and also other admin work.  You could call me an odd job girl if you like. Helping out with photocopying, laminating, cleaning out cupboards, whatever is required, I’m happy to do it. Typically I now spend two half days in administration and a full day doing admin in the transport section.

It’s a win-win for me. Everyone is lovely, the clients are fabulous. Staff are great. I enjoy coming to work and it’s satisfying knowing that I’m also assisting others. At times I assist in other areas and wherever I can – even with the barbecue if that is needed.”

Vicki came from a management background of admin and operations with Big W where she worked for almost 30 years. Although systems are totally different, she has adapted to what is required. Almost a true local, she moved here in 1993.

From Buderim mountain to the sand, in her spare time Vicki loves the beach, in particular Mooloolaba where you might find her walking, sitting or enjoying fish and chips at the Spit.

Ann is relatively new to volunteering with Bloomhill Cancer Care but is already well known for her cheery personality.

A neighbour recommended Bloomhill as a fabulous place to volunteer. Hard working and preferring to be busy rather than not, Ann thought she might be with the transport section but was asked if reception might be an option, which it was.

“From the reception area I greet people, book and remind people of appointments. Answering calls is the main part of what I do.”

Ann started out her working life as a computer operator. 

“They were called main frames then and what is now a laptop was back then, room size.  From there I went into easier computer work like data entry while the kids were small. At one stage I was the assistant manager at the Maroochydore McDonalds.”

Vicki and Ann agree that everyone involved at Bloomhill Cancer Care is an absolute pleasure to be around.