Volunteer to drive the sick

Country Care Link Coordinator Sister Jan O’Grady is looking for locals to volunteer as drivers.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | May 16th, 2018

ASHBURY resident Paul Khoury is one of a team of more than 200 volunteers who drive for the Country Care Link (CCL) service.
A volunteer for about 18 months, Mr Khoury says he usually meets passengers at the domestic airport a couple of times a week and takes them to whichever hospital they are getting treatment from.
"People are glad to see a friendly face and I enjoy making that connection. It's probably me that's more thankful," he said.
"I feel I get so much more out of it than I put into it. It's almost an unfair equation.
"It opens your mind and your heart and cleanses your soul. At the end of the day, I think it's made me a better person. I'm absolutely loving it."
Run by community-based social welfare organisation Open Support, CCL coordinator Sister Jan O'Grady said the service was like "a personalised shuttle or taxi service" for people of all ages from regional cities and rural areas who must come to Sydney for medical treatment.
"For many country people, coming to 'the big smoke' as they often call it, for health care reasons, is very daunting and they are very relieved to know that they will be met by one of our reliable volunteer drivers," she said.
Sister O'Grady says they have a diverse range of drivers who help out throughout the week, but demand for the service is strong and new volunteers are needed.
For more information, call 8382 6430 or visit opensupport.org.au/volunteertoday.

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