Celebrate Volunteers - Mala Prasad

Last week was National Volunteer Week from 16-22 June. The theme is Whiria Te Tangata - Weaving the people together. It's a great time to reflect on our volunteers' selfless work!

One of those volunteers is Mala Prasad, who offers her time three days a week at Middlemore Hospital.

"I started volunteering last year in June. I love doing it. I've made a lot of friends, and a lot of people know me."

"We help guide patients like if they need help with a wheelchair, some people are really vulnerable."  

Mala is a single parent with six kids. After completing her level 3 computer business course, she hopes to work as a ward clerk.

"My grandma was in and out of the hospital, and I go to see what the ward clerks do. I thought I could do it, and I get along with anyone."   

"I didn't have experience, and after I finished my course, I saw the volunteer opening, which was my chance to get my foot in the door."   

For Mala, volunteering has allowed her to teach her children that work is not all about pay and there is value in what she does.

"I do this because I want to. It's a sincere thing from my heart. It's to show my kids that after being a mum, I can do something, and there's no age limit."

"It's important to give back instead of sitting at home doing nothing you can help here. You get a blessing in return." 

One unexpected blessing Mala fondly remembers was last year when a lady bought two balloons from the gift store to give to her and another volunteer, Paulita.

"She said thank you. I know you don't often get told that, but I appreciate you."  

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