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Jamie Harrison has a natural inclination to help people. She loves children—including four of her own—was once a nurse, worked in childcare, and has helped out young people from broken homes.
But five years ago, it was Jamie (pictured left) who needed help when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
It was at this difficult time that Jamie reached out to Mater Chicks in Pink. And so began a long relationship that continues to this day.
“While I was undergoing my treatment, Mater Chicks in Pink were holding yoga classes at Mater Private Hospital Redland and I decided to sign up to them,” explains Jamie.
“The yoga classes were really helpful for me as they reminded me of so many skills I had forgotten—giving myself permission to stop, how to relax again, and also teaching me how to fall back asleep at night when I couldn’t.
“Each week after our yoga classes a group of us would go out for coffee—I found the social aspect of this incredibly helpful; it gave me hope for positive outcomes and was a way for me to share my stresses and worries with other women going through the same experience as me.
“Honestly, if I didn’t have those classes and that support group, I don’t know how I would have got through that time.
“Mater Chicks in Pink were very good to me during my breast cancer treatment and I saw volunteering as my opportunity to be able to give back and do something for others.”
Since Jamie started helping out Mater Foundation back in 2015, she has volunteered at six events, including RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run and the Mater Ball.
“Volunteering is so important because not only is it a way of giving back, it’s very rewarding and makes you feel good” says Jamie.
“One of my most memorable moments was when I was making my way home from volunteering at the International Women’s Day Fun Run wearing a giant pink tutu, when a man and little boy approached me. The little boy had a piece of tulle and was very upset because he couldn’t find who it belonged to. He asked me if I would like to add it to my tutu, and to this day, it’s still there.
“You know it’s something you don’t have to spend any money on—you’re just spending your time doing what you can to help. Even though you’re exhausted at the end of the day, you leave with a big smile on your face knowing it’s been well worth the effort.”
From all the staff here at Mater Foundation, we’d like to say thank you—thank you to all of our volunteers who help out at our events and within Mater’s hospitals. The incredible work done by our volunteers never goes unnoticed and we are very thankful for that.
To find out more about volunteering for Mater Foundation or at Mater please visit www.mater.org.au/Home/Support/Volunteers.