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LIFE MEMBERSHIP FOR ASTHMA VOLUNTEER

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Christian, a volunteer at the Asthma Foundation Western Australia (AFWA) was recently awarded life membership status by the not-for-profit health organization, in recognition of his 30 years of volunteering.

Christian has been travelling by train and bus from his home in Glendalough to the AFWA offices in West Perth on a regular basis, since he first signed up as a volunteer in 1986.

Christian had moved from Victoria in the mid 80’s and initially came into contact with AFWA when he sought their assistance for his chronic asthma symptoms.

Being on a disability pension, he thought it would be a good idea to seek some work experience at the Foundation, whilst waiting to obtain clearance to look for paid work. Lucky for AFWA, he has never left.

‘Volunteering for a not-for-profit organization really makes me feel good about myself, and allows me to have a sense of worth and belonging’, Christian said.

‘I also like the flexibility that volunteering allows, so you can fit work in around medical appointments or other life commitments’.

In his 30 years of service, Christian has been involved in mail outs, car raffles, the Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma, events and administration duties.

He was honoured as an Honorary Councilor of AFWA in 1998, and has now been awarded Life Membership.

Tony Carter, Executive Director of AFWA said that ‘Christian takes a leadership and advocacy role amongst the other AFWA volunteers and he is an invaluable member of our team. We are proud to award him Life Membership, and hope that he will be volunteering for our organization well into the future’.

‘We wanted to recognize his contribution publically on International Volunteers Day’.

AFWA is currently looking for volunteers to assist with their annual fundraising and awareness event - ECU Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma held on 26 March 2017 (www.freewaybikehike.com.au). Please email enquiries@freewaybikehike.com.au or call
08 9289 3600 to register your interest.

AFWA, a community based not-for-profit organisation, is a Registered Training Organisation which has been providing services to the WA community for the past 52 years. AFWA’s main role is to fund local research into asthma, provide education and support services for people with asthma and to train health professionals in the most up to date methods in asthma management.

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