Volunteer Marie offers a friendly face

FSH volunteer Marie Rawson standing in front of some Aboriginal art
FSH volunteer Marie Rawson
June 20, 2017

Just 3 months into volunteering at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) and Marie Rawson hasn’t looked back.

Marie started volunteering after a chance encounter with Aboriginal Health Strategy Project Support Officer David Pigram who suggested the idea.

“I know from personal experience how daunting and frightening hospitals can be. I’d like to think I’m a friendly face in an unfamiliar setting,” Marie said.

Among her many duties, Marie particularly enjoys supporting Aboriginal patients from remote communities.

“This opportunity has allowed me to help less fortunate Aboriginal people from remote communities and other states. Some of these patients have serious illnesses and face many social issues such as housing, the cost of living and returning back home.”

While there is a large group of dedicated volunteers, only a small percentage of those volunteers are Aboriginal. Marie would like to see this change.

“Community is important to each and every one of us. I think that Aboriginal people have an obligation to volunteer,” she said.

“There is such a strong Aboriginal community at the Fiona Stanley Hospital and it’s great to be part of it.

“My life is more enriched and has changed for the better. I would encourage everyone to volunteer.”