Every Monday, David Watson drives from Glenelg North to Gilles Plains to volunteer at Wandana Community Centre.
He spends the morning in Wandana’s much-loved community garden, ‘’looking after people’’ and the plants, before taking the 40-minute drive home.
On Tuesday, David is back on the road, delivering fare as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels.
The past Holden worker, who spent 40 years on the factory floor working with apprentices, is passionate about giving back to community.
‘’It’s very important to get off the couch and do things,’’ said David, at an event to thank Centacare volunteers this week.
‘’Volunteering gives you the satisfaction of achieving a goal, doing things, and getting out.’’
Wandana Community Centre Coordinator Robyn Johnson jokes David is the ‘’chief run-around, holder of wood and balancer of wheelbarrows’’ in the garden each week, adding that he also keeps the Centre’s book trolley stacked with reads donated by his wife.
‘’I enjoy coming here and meeting the people,’’ said David, who has given five years to Wandana.
He highlights the friends he has met along the way, people like Rob Carver.
In his fourth year volunteering at Wandana, Rob oversees site maintenance and with his trusty four-legged sidekick, Dasher, lends a hand in the garden.
“I’m a doing person,’’ Rob says of what drives him to volunteer.
Rob and David were on barbecue duty at Wandana on Monday, as Centacare volunteers and centre participants gathered to mark National Volunteer Week.
The faces who give their time at the Otherway Centre, Stepney, were among the volunteers recognised for their generosity and service.