Almost a year and half ago now I started something that has now changed my life.
In May 2016, I applied to become a Volunteer at the Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. Not knowing what the program was like and coming into the unknown I was a little nervous about the whole process, but I thought to myself ‘this is a good thing you are doing, stick to it.’ I went along to the meetings and courses that I had to do before I could become a Volunteer and my goodness, I am so glad I followed through with it.

It’s not a whole lot of time, but I volunteer 2.5 hours of my Wednesday nights to do bedside play with the sick children in Hospital. This experience has changed my life, infact it’s almost a weekly reality check. Sometimes we think that we’ve had a bad day, or life isn’t going to plan, when really, life is just fine. It makes you appreciate so much in life. However, that’s not why I did it. I have always loved kids, and to me, if I could put a smile on a sick child’s face for a few minutes, or give the parents a 5 minute coffee break, that would make me one very happy lady.

A year and a half in and I couldn’t think of any other place I would rather spend my Wednesday night. Yes, the fact I get to brighten the nights of some children very much in need is great, but there is another great big bonus and that’s the friendship’s you make too. The Children’s Hospital Foundation staff are absolutely wonderful and I don’t say that lightly. They go over and above for anything and everything. It almost feels like Family.

I’ve made friendships with other Volunteers that I know will last a lifetime and for that I’ll be forever grateful. This is one thing I never want to stop doing and I hope that’s the case. If you have a spare night or a few spare hours of a weekend, I highly recommend a program/cause like this. It will change your life – for the better.

Until next time,

Tara. X


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