width=314My first six weeks as a volunteer

After reading about the KZN Cerebral Palsy Associaiton in the Highway Mail, Errol called to volunteer his services. He wanted to help out at our Day Care Centres by playing with the children and assisting the Care-Workers in any way.

After the interview and completion of application forms, Errol was shown around and introduced to the CWAC and CREST groups.

“You made me feel so welcome,” he told us. “At the AGM, I was astonished to observe such a compassionate and dedicated group of people, and was just so impressed with everything I saw and heard.

“Ina introduced me to the Executive Committee members as well as to some of the parents. I liked the way Chairperson Penny de Vries opened the meeting with the following words:

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.“

Volunteering at the KZN Cerebral Palsy Association has increased Errol’s thankfulness for his own blessings in life. He enjoys spending time with the children and adults, rolling a ball, building blocks, throwing bean bags, blowing bubbles, knocking down skittles, chatting to the staff or helping with therapy.

“Being able to help any child or adult to improve his/her levels of ability makes it all so worthwhile, he said. Although still a novice faced with a steep learning curve, I am learning more at each session. I sincerely appreciate and feel privileged to be a small part of this wonderful and caring team, all working toward what is such a worthwhile cause.

“I have been amazed by the love, kindness and commitment radiating from the Care-Workers as they get along and work so well together. Paula, and her Care-Workers deserve the highest praise and must be complimented on the sterling work performed, despite the draining nature of it all.”

[ Posted 16 October 2012 ]

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