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Making a life by what you give...

Volunteering gives a greater appreciation of life… by Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria volunteer, Shobhna Pandey

‘I love to give something back to the community because it allows me to meet new people, provides a sense of accomplishment and makes me happy. 

I have been volunteering for almost 8 years - because of my busy schedule I started with temporary event contribution, which gave me confidence that I could do more committed volunteering.

I met lovely Vicky in 2015 through Miriam at Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria. She has become a good friend of mine and I look forward to our fortnightly walks on Saturdays.  We meet around 11am and go for one hour walk to the Maribyrnong River at Highpoint - it is around 5 km, but our never-ending conversation makes it feel very less.

I love Vicky’s positive attitude, she is very understanding and open minded. She inspires me to enjoy life. After our walk when I come home I feel more energetic and a sense of achievement which helps me to finish my weekend chores much faster. 

Vicky herself is involved in volunteering. I believe volunteering is a circle: ‘more you give, more you get’. It does not matter how busy you are or what situation you are in - volunteering is always beneficial.  It gives an opportunity to broaden a perspective and appreciate life more in general.

Thank you, Miriam for believing in me and giving me chance to meet Vicky. I am hoping to continue my walk with Vicky for many, many years…

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
~Winston Churchill

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