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Volunteer drivers needed for donation tin program

Publish Date: 9/2/2017

When Bob Oataway and George Inkster signed up to volunteer at the Leukaemia Foundation it was initially a practical way to put their time to good use after retiring.

It’s now grown into much more; a job they look forward to each week that allows them to give back to the community and truly make a difference to the lives of Australians with a blood cancer.

Each Wednesday, Bob and George drive to various pick-up points across Melbourne, to replace Leukaemia Foundation donation tins in shops and local businesses. The donation tin program is a vital aspect of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and last year raised $70,000.

The two men met when George began volunteering for the Foundation 14 years ago. Today, they still enjoy the opportunity to spend time together each week and explore Melbourne.

“It has been very fulfilling. The collection tins are an important way of raising funds for the Foundation. We enjoy meeting people and this job allows us to see a lot of Melbourne. I’ve lived here all my life and I still see new places I didn’t know existed,” Bob said.

For George, he knew that he would enjoy the job from the moment he heard about it.

“It’s doing something that benefits others. Besides that, you get to travel and get to know your city well. When we collect the tins and find out how much they raise, we have a sense we are really contributing to something great,” said George.

After 16 years at the Leukaemia Foundation, Bob is the organisation’s longest standing volunteer in Victoria but in July, both Bob and George will be stepping down from their roles in the donation tin program.

They encourage anyone considering volunteering to become a part of this wonderful program which is helping the Leukaemia Foundation deliver practical and emotional support to families in need.

If you are under the age of 75, have a valid driver’s license and are interested in volunteering for our donation tin program please contact Nicole Ballina on 03 9949 5843.

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