August 14-20 is National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW)!
NSVW gives us an opportunity to reflect, showcase and celebrate the contribution of our wonderful student volunteers, who help us in our mission to reduce the impact and incidence of cancer in WA!
Meet Loretta Oud
Volunteering at our Cancer Information Hubs takes a special kind of person and current student, Loretta Oud is just that.
Having dedicated the past 18 years to her family, Loretta was quick to take up the opportunity to go back to university as a mature age student to pursue her passion for helping others.
"I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Counselling at Notre Dame University. I've always wanted to work in human services and I love working with people," she said.
Loretta is a Guide and Support Volunteer at our Fiona Stanley Hospital Cancer Information Hub, which celebrates its second year of operation this year.
Since its opening, our incredible volunteers have connected over 20,000 patients and carers with our wide range of support services. Without our volunteers, this simply wouldn't have been possible.
"Primarily, my role is to inform people of what support services are available through Cancer Council WA. Secondly, I'm there as support for the people coming through the centre."
There are currently 34 volunteers at our Cancer Information Centres across the state, of which 4 are currently studying at a tertiary level.
Loretta said the professionalism of our organisation is what inspired her to come on board as a volunteer.
"Cancer Council WA has always stood out to me as a professional and trusted organisation that's held in high esteem by the community."
Our Volunteers also play an incredibly important role in helping us ensure the success of our many fundraising events throughout the year.
Our Fundraising Coordinator, Jo Suckling said volunteer work is a great opportunity for students to gain invaluable experience.
"Volunteering for Cancer Council WA events is a great way for students to get practical experience and develop professionally. Not only do you get to meet and work with like-minded people but you also get the satisfaction of supporting a good cause."
Loretta, now finishing up her first year of study, urges other students studying in similar fields to consider volunteering with us.
"Volunteering at the Cancer Information Hubs is particularly relevant for those studying counselling and nursing and I highly recommend Cancer Council WA to other students.
"Cancer Council WA provides fantastic training and support for all of their volunteers."
If you're interested in volunteering with us check out our volunteer vacancies page.
For more information about our cancer information hubs or to enquire about becoming one of our hospital hub volunteers, call 13 11 20 or visit our support services page.