Volunteer Stories


Sarah-Jane Akil

When did you start at the Wayside?
Some time at the end of 2009 - maybe October or November.

Where do you volunteer now?
I am in the Royal Australian Navy and when I am not on a deployment, I love my weekly shift on the CSC.

What attracted you to volunteering at Wayside?
The Wayside Chapel is a well-established organisation with a unique festive atmosphere. I love its non judgemental philosophy and the way the staff here always embrace the diverse range of visitors and volunteers that walk in the door. It is a wonderful place that brings people together from all walks of life.

What is a highlight of volunteering here?
The highlight of volunteering at Wayside is that I get to give back to the community. As I moved out of home at the age of 15, I relied heavily on similar organisations in Victoria to help me get back on my feet. I strongly believe if it wasn't for these people and resources being readily available, I may have taken a different path. By volunteering at Wayside, I feel as though I am actively involved in helping many others get back on their feet.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I am currently posted to HMAS CHOULES. I have been in the RAN for 6 and a half years and work as a Communications Information Systems sailor. The highlight of my career has been travelling overseas to places (some ports several time) such as Hawaii, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia just to name a few. I don't know when I will be back but can't wait to start back at Wayside.


Interested in volunteering at Wayside?

With almost 250 shifts to fill each week, we're always on the look out for new volunteers. For more information, go to: http://www.thewaysidechapel.com/volunteering.php

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