Bob Martin says volunteering keeps him young. The 80-year-old is a much-loved figure around Gateway Mt Waverley, one of our day programs for adults with disabilities, where he’s volunteered for over ten years.
May 17-23 is National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers
When Bob retired from the airline industry, he was looking for something to keep him busy. He saw an ad in the paper and started at VMCH soon after.
Despite his own personal struggles, including losing his wife, his son and surviving cancer, Bob’s commitment to Gateway clients has remained strong.
Two to three days a week, Bob can be found chatting with clients, helping with meals and assisting with activities and community outings.
“I try to help out as much as I can and just make it a fun day for everyone, both the clients and the staff. We just hang out and joke around.”
The grandfather of seven encouraged others to give volunteering a go.
“I’m mixing with younger people, so it’s kept me young and up to date with what’s going on out in the world. It gets me up, gets me out and keeps me involved.”