BEAUDESERT Hospital is celebrating National Volunteers Week with their much loved helpers, including Beatrice Flesser who is marking her 40th year as a volunteer.
The week from May 21 to 27 encourages people to recognise and celebrate the efforts of over 980,000 Queenslanders who spend hours in their communities advancing causes close to their hearts and making positive changes to the lives of those around them.
For Ms Flesser, it all began when she was encouraged by a neighbour to join the Beaudesert Hospital Auxiliary in 1978.
Four decades on, she is still volunteering at Beaudesert Hospital with the same enthusiasm as she had all those years ago.
Ms Flesser said it was the joy of meeting people and helping them that inspired her to begin volunteering, as well as raising money to help such an important part of the Beaudesert community.
“In 1984 I took over as canteen roster clerk and in 2012 became a Life Member,” she said.
Having attended most meetings since 1978, Ms Flesser said she had seen huge changes at the hospital over the last 40 years and had worked in three different hospital canteens.
“I’ve met a lot of people over that time,” she said.
“It doesn’t seem that long; you wonder where the 40 years have gone.’
Ms Flesser said she and the auxiliary would show random acts of kindness to patients on special occasions and buy much-needed equipment for patients.
“We would bring flowers to the hospital wards for Mother’s Day – we even use to make posies,” she said.
“The patients really appreciated it.
“Over the years we have also also bought a (toy) baby for dementia patients to use, we have bought thermometers and now we are looking at buying a lounge for a room.”
Ms Flesser said she never thought twice about helping the hospital and enjoyed her time volunteering.
“I’ve seen a lot of presidents and office bearers come and go over the years and seeing things change has been wonderful,” she said.
As well as volunteering at the hospital, Ms Flesser has been an active member of the Beaudesert Bowls Club and busy being a grandma to her six grandchildren.
Beaudesert Hospital will celebrate Beatrice and all its much loved volunteers on May 22 with a morning tea.
Ms Flesser said she felt honoured to be recognised as a worthy volunteer at the hospital and hoped to continue to be there for many more years to come.