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Hien Le – Queensland - volunteering since 2014

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How long have you been volunteering at the NSF?
I have been a NSF Volunteer for the past 1.5 years

Why did you decide to volunteer at the NSF?
Stroke was brought upon my family unexpectedly in 2014, no warning at all and at that time us having very limited knowledge of what a Stroke is and what is involved. I reached out for help and there was NSF to welcome me and look after me. I love being a Volunteer and volunteering for numerous organisations for over 20 years now, I did not hesitate to ask and insisted to NSF to become a Volunteer for their brilliant organisation. I wanted to do whatever I could to help make sure that no-one else has to go through what I did, whilst spreading the knowledge and awareness of Stroke! 

What type of things do you do as a volunteer?
I am happy to help wherever possible and needed! I have been everywhere - starting out in the Brisbane Office and meeting and working closely with the lovely Brisbane team, assisting with our Programs including Know Your Numbers, StrokeSafe Speakers and general Stroke Research. I have also been out and around Brisbane, helping out at the annual National Stroke Week which I have done a few times now to Australia's Biggest Blood Pressure Check. I am greatly looking forward to volunteering at numerous other future events, and at all times continuing the fight and advocating to #FightStroke!

What has been the highlight of your volunteer journey to date? 
There have been so many highlights of my NSF Volunteer journey so far and I know that there will be many, many more highlights to come! But if I had to name THE highlight so far, seriously it has to be the moment when I officially became a NSF Volunteer. I simply knew that I needed to be a NSF Volunteer, and am very grateful and appreciative for this opportunity. Thank you!

Pamela Bull – Victoria – volunteering since 2011
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How long have you been volunteering at the NSF?
I have been volunteering at the NSF for the last 5 years.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the NSF?
After retiring from nearly 40 years as a nurse and midwife, I felt that I could contribute some firsthand knowledge and experiences.
I responded to an article in the National Seniors magazine asking for expressions of interest to join the newly established team of StrokeSafe ambassadors.
I had seen many people have Strokes, including my mother and felt this was a purposeful and rewarding way of contributing to the community in a positive way.

What type of things do you do as a volunteer?
As a volunteer, I visit community groups about once a month to give the NSF StrokeSafe presentation which is co-ordinated through the NSF.
The presentation and time spent with each group is about 1-2 hours, including questions, informal chats and often a cup of tea!

What has been the highlight of your volunteer journey to date?
These presentations are always inspirational – I have met such a variety of people over the last 5 years – all have ‘a story’ to share and are extremely grateful for this visit. Often people tell me that this was the best talk they had ever attended.

Of course this could not happen without the help and support of the professional staff at NSF.

One highlight I cherish is when I gave a talk to a group of retired Seamen, just after Anzac day. I happened to mention that I had made over 100 of the poppies which covered Princes Bridge and Federation Square – I had a standing ovation then and at the completion of the presentation.
I look forward to meeting many more groups in the future.