Volunteering is among the most rewarding experiences that one can ask for! I have been privileged by being lucky enough to know and work with passionate people who care deeply about what they do. Whether it is a healthy lifestyle, refugees, or blood donation, giving back and taking care of each other is the theme. Below is a list of the parties that I have been volunteering with over the past 4 years.
UOW Biomedical Engineering Society (B-MED)
Industry Ambassador and Vice President
Biomedical Engineering Society is a group of students who are passionate about advances in medical technology and processes. The aim of the society is to be a unifying body to all Biomedical Engineering students at UOW and to connect them with industry professionals, academics, and society as large. I was the vice president for one year then I was assigned the role of the industry outreach ambassdor.
e-NABLE is a global network of volunteers with an aim to provide low-cost functional artificial limbs to those who can't access them. At UOW, B-MED society have founded a chapter and started to take cases. I was appointed as the leader of the chapter and we had a case where we had to make a hand for an 8 year old boy from the Illawarra region.
UOW Red Cross
The mission of all Red Cross University Clubs is to promote the work of Red Cross on campus, in accordance with Red Cross's seven fundamental principles of the movement - Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.
My role was to participate in and to recruit volunteers for different events on campus such as blood drive, welcome refugees, and card writing workshop.
The Active Tribe is all about keeping fit, getting outdoors and staying active! It is a UOW volunteering initiative that I have participated in. It included events like tours, learn how to surf, bike riding, and hikes.
Strategic Community Assistance for Refugee Families (SCARF)
Arabic Interpreter & Presenter
SCARF helps refugee entrants to build a sense of belonging and navigate the practical and personal challenges of starting a new life in Australia. My role was to help in interpreting for some activities and to present what SCARF does for newly recruited volunteers.
NSW State Emergency Service (SES)
Community Liaison Officer
NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is an emergency and rescue service dedicated to assisting the community. They are a volunteer-based organization that provides emergency assistance to the people of NSW 24/7. It is the approximately 9,000 volunteers across the state that make this possible.
The role of the Multicultural Liaison Unit is to communicate emergency messages with different communities during disasters ensuring that all demographics have access to such critical information.