27 September 2019
(Community Recognition Statement, 25 September 2019, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I rise to acknowledge the valuable contribution of the St Vincent’s Private Hospital volunteers who contribute to the care and support of patients.
I hosted a celebratory luncheon in Parliament with senior church and hospital representatives along with more than 90 volunteers. These inspiring people staff the hospital shop, act as companions for patients, take the famous trolley direct to patients who cannot get out of bed, inform and escort visitors and relatives, and help patients sort out practical things while they are in hospital.
Having a helping hand and caring person can make a big difference when you are ill and not feeling 100 per cent. The luncheon was a great way to thank these volunteers for giving their time, skills and their care to support patients and their families at this critical time.