Media Release - 4 May

National Volunteer Week – 14-20 May

Volunteering and its surprising benefits

Australian volunteers are essential to society and many not for profit organisations would not exist without the support of their volunteers. Australian volunteers contribute more than 700 million hours of community service to many areas of society including community health care, heritage and arts, environment conservation, emergency services, education, social justice and sports. National Volunteer Week (NVW) provides a platform to pay tribute to these volunteers who donate their time and energy to help others.

The Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association (CARMBA) is one such organisation. Set up and run by volunteer parents of multiples for parents of multiples our people do amazing and rewarding jobs to keep CARMBA functioning and to provide services and support to our community.

CARMBA’s Family Support Program (FSP) offers in-home support to families. This program aims to provide emotional, physical and material support to multiple birth families in need so that they can enjoy a harmonious home environment, quality family time and emotional well-being. FSP Coordinator, Alex Frawley, has implemented the program to connect volunteers from the local community with parents of multiples to help with their children and light household chores. The volunteer aspect of the FSP has been beneficial to families and to the volunteers as well.

Volunteer to 3 years old twins, Deanna said “Volunteering for a CARMBA family has been the most rewarding experience of my life. I am able to lend a hand whenever, with whatever they need help with while feeling like part of their family. CARMBA is one of the most worthwhile support organisations I have come across, and I couldn’t have asked for a better family to volunteer for.”

Volunteers to triplets Karen and Cheryl said ”Karen and I have had 4 years with Lucy, Hannah and Oscar. What a wonderful time it has been – filled with love, laughter and learning. Each week was eagerly looked forward to – they were such a delight as they started to crawl, chatter, feed themselves and bath time. We often planned our time ahead as to how we would entertain the triplets. Now these lovely little people are at school – Wednesday afternoon is still fun as we have playtime and afternoon tea together. We will certainly miss Lucy, Hannah and Oscar next year when they start school full time though we wish them a very interesting, learning future. Karen and I would not have changed the last 4 1/2 years and think ourselves very lucky that the triplet’s parents and grandmother were so relaxed and trusting of us.”

What are the benefits of volunteering? With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and the community. It can help you form friendships, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health. Not only is volunteering great for the community it connects you with others, increases self-confidence, combats depression and helps you stay physically healthy.

CARMBA would like to celebrate all the volunteers who are on the Committee, their tireless work while juggling their families is much appreciated by all CARMBA families.

CARMBA welcomes all and any media coverage of the above people and their volunteering efforts.

To help us celebrate volunteer week we invite you to contact us to meet some parents of multiples and their volunteers or to meet members of the CARMBA committee.

Media Contact: Amelia Haddock – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0421 993 358 or Ali Mountifield – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0411 250 758