Rita Coleiro and Mariam Allam in their roles as volunteers at Auburn Hospital, with patient Monica Smith.
AFTER being widowed when she was only in her mid fifties and with two grown up sons, Granville resident Rita Coleiro decided she wanted to do something positive that would help others in the community.
She is now one of the many volunteers at Auburn Hospital performing countless tasks and making a significant contribution by engaging in patient, client, staff and community activities.
"I knew that hospitals always needed extra help so I started volunteering my time at St Josephs Auburn," she said.
"Volunteering is very satisfying knowing you are making a difference and I have been at Auburn Hospital now for four years."
Working two mornings a week, along with fellow volunteer Mariam Allam, Rita says the hospital volunteers act as supporters for staff and patients.
"We may be doing hand massages or getting newspapers and magazines for patients - or whatever else they need - or we may be asked to retrieve pharmacy items for the ward," she said.
"Sometimes the best thing we can do is to just listen to the patients who may be lonely and want to talk. It's just all the little things that can make a big difference. It also gets me out of the house."
Mariam agrees: "The staff and patients are very nice and there is a variety of work.
"I am very happy to be a volunteer and always try my best to help wherever I can."