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Volunteer News         

October 2018

Coordinator wrap-up

by Sue Rowland


Welcome to the third edition of our volunteer newsletter.  It was great to see so many of our volunteers joining in the celebrations at the Muddy Puddles Therapy Centre official opening on October 19.  The day was a great success with around 200 people attending.   The assistance of our volunteers was invaluable in making the day run so smoothly.  Thanks to all those involved!
 In this edition of the newsletter you will find a roundup of recent fundraising events including Sculptures on Clyde, the Monster Garage Sale and the Rotary Charity Night.  Each newsletter will feature a volunteer spotlight and first up we will hear from Linda Gorman and Marilyn Rowland.  If there is anything you would like to see featured in our newsletter please let me know.
Please be sure to check out our upcoming fundraising events at the bottom of this newsletter.  We have a busy time in the lead up to Christmas with the Rotary Raffle, Melbourne Cup Day Races, South Coast Nationals and the Christmas Race Day.  As always, we welcome any volunteer assistance so please contact me if you would like to help out at any of these events.
In January, the fundraising committee have arranged a great evenings entertainment by Rod Toovey at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.   'Jukebox Hits from Heaven' will feature songs from the greats including Elvis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash.  Tickets are $50 per head and include dinner and the show.  This promises to be a great night out and tickets are selling fast.  If you would like purchase tickets please get in touch with Tina on 0490 830 473.   
I would like to thank you all for your continued support of Muddy Puddles, without our volunteers it would be very difficult to maintain our fundraising events.
 

In the Spotlight

by Tina Philip OAM


It gives me great pleasure to introduce Linda Gorman (left) and Marilyn Rowland (right) who have varied and vast skills and experience which compliments a range of services that are provided to families in the Eurobodalla Shire by Muddy Puddles. 
Linda has over 30 year experience in Mental Health counselling individuals, couples and families with a role in both clinical and support services as a therapist, researcher, and educator. On returning to Batemans Bay which she considers as her home Linda wanted to increase her social network and what better way to do this then take on some voluntary work.
Linda identified a gap in support services for parents and felt that her experience and knowledge would be of benefit. I personally feel privileged to have known and worked with Linda over many hers and we have become good friends. (You wouldn’t think it when you hear the banter between us). Which reminds me in addition to all her clinical skills she has a great sense of humour.
Why volunteer for Muddy Puddles? Linda said that in volunteering it was essential to find an organisation that had similar values (both personal and organisational) so that you find a “good fit”. Muddy Puddles is a match for her. In addition Linda also wanted to give something back to the community.
For almost a year Linda has been facilitating the Caring for Carers Support group which is held the fourth Tuesday of every month. Linda stated that “being a family with a child who has special needs is often isolating, demanding and unsupported. My belief is that opportunities for optimal growth occurs in the family. By supporting families we can actually support the development of the child. My core belief is that the families’ wellbeing is paramount”.
The Carers Support group provides opportunities for families to get together in an “I get It” mode. Sharing their experiences can be life changing. Another positive is that this service is free, it is provided in a safe environment, is held in school hours and provides childcare.
Linda acknowledges that there is more to be done. Her vision is that the team providing this program will be developed further. The program will also endeavour to engage the men in our community as they also play a significant role.
Marilyn Rowland has an extensive history as an early childhood educator, preschool teacher and manager of several preschools. In addition Marilyn worked as an educator sharing her experience and training others in early childhood development.   
Although new to the area Marilyn is very familiar with undertaking voluntary work as well as having a passion to improve the lives of children and their families. Marilyn has fostered children in the past and has volunteered in a number of community groups such as Toy Library, Safety House and other children and family related groups.
Again when asked why Muddy Puddles Marilyn stated that it “fits well with my background”. “The values of the organisation align with my personal values, in particular that each individual has the right to reach their optimal potential”. “I understand the need experienced by families and I believe that I have the skills and experience that will be of benefit to them”. Marilyn reported that prior to joining the Muddy Puddles team she checked the website and attended a Muddy Puddles event where she “sussed” us out. She spoke to volunteers, staff and families before taking the next step. It was important to Marilyn that the organisation was professional. “The organisation is not only a reflection of itself but also a reflection on me if I am part of it”.
When asked what Marilyn liked least she reported that it was her inability to say no. “It is a test on how to fit my volunteer activities into my life. I have had to learn to say no to some things. As a volunteer I have opted to get involved in a number of areas such as the Carer Support group and fundraising. In doing this I get a great sense of achievement, I feel that I am helping to make a difference and am contributing to the wellbeing of the community.”
Working alongside likeminded people, being part of a team, increasing social connectedness were all cited as the benefits of volunteering. Oh and of course the “FUN”.  Marilyn also remarked that she enjoyed the challenges but also likes the reduced responsibility. “I feel that services won’t fall apart if an unexpected commitment arises”.
If you or someone that you know may benefit or as a volunteer you would be interested in being part of this team please email info@muddypuddles.org.au or contact 44726939 for further details.
 

Sculptures On Clyde

by Anne Minato


The Sculptures on Clyde exhibition was an outstanding display of local, national and international sculptures in beautiful surroundings from 25 August to 2 September. The indoor exhibition was held in Clyde Street Batemans Bay and the outdoor exhibition was at Willinga Park in Bawley Point, a beautiful garden setting on an amazing property.
This was the first time there was an entrance fee and the Sculptures committee decided to donate part of the proceeds to Muddy Puddles if we could help with volunteers at the two venues. A big thank you to the many volunteers who put up their hand to help out. The feedback we have had is that all had a great time and helped to raise $1,230 to help support our children and families.

Treasures on sale

by Jo Lake


The Muddy Puddles garage sale was again held at Dave and Jo’s house in The Estuary @ Mossy Point.  The sale kicked off at 8.00am with serious buyers arriving early to catch those bargains.

The weather was absolutely beautiful with not a cloud in the sky.  Our goods were all donated by locals and we did ourselves proud  by raising in excess of $2000.00.  We had a large range of goods including some antiques, Noritake table ware, a large range of baby goods as well as a huge range of books, DVD’s, furniture and general bric a brac to name a few.

It was great to see so many volunteers turn up to help including their partners.  The men  looked after the sausage sizzle which proved to be very popular.

All in all a great day was had by all and Muddy Puddles benefitted greatly from this event.  

Rotary Charity Night

by Tina Philip OAM

Congratulations to Rotary for again hosting this event raising money for several local charities, with $420 going towards Muddy Puddles. Those that attended thoroughly enjoyed the night. Thank you to all our supporters.

Nutrimetics pamper afternoon

by Tina Philip OAM

To celebrate Nutrimetics 50th birthday Leeanne Manariti a local consultant held a pamper afternoon with admission costs all kindly being donated to Muddy Puddles. Pam Humphries and myself were suitably pampered and also used this opportunity to promote Muddy Puddles. A big THANK YOU to Leeanne.

Upcoming events

 

Melbourne Cup Race Day, Moruya Jockey Club

Tuesday, 6 November 
 

South Coast Nationals, Moruya High School

Saturday, 24 November
 

Christmas Race Day, Moruya Jockey Club

Sunday, 23 December
**Rotary Club Raffle to be drawn**
 

Jukebox Hits from Heaven, Elvis Tribute Show

Friday, 18 January, 7pm Dinner 8pm Show
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