Happy 25th to a World Class Volunteer!

Volunteers article written on the 17 Nov 2016

Kevin McNair first started volunteering with Community Aid Abroad in 1991. This year, he celebrates his 25th year of volunteering, which is more than 700 hours a year and 20,000 hours total volunteering with Oxfam Australia! Here’s how it all started.

In 1991, I signed up to a two-week work experience course at Community Aid Abroad in Fitzroy. It was to teach me how to use a computer, bookkeeping and other administrative things.

On my first day in the office, I had simple tasks like cleaning out cupboards and sorting books. Other jobs I did were sorting through the mail and entering in supporter details from campaign petitions.

When my two weeks of work experience was finished, I had had such a fun time that I asked the volunteer coordinator if I could come back as a volunteer. She said “yes” and I’ve been here ever since!

I really like all the work that I get to do here, like packing letters and helping with outgoing mail, book-binding and laminating.

Everyone in the team is friendly and they are all really good people. I have diabetes and they help me by making sure I eat the right foods. They are fantastic people and I’d go crazy if I didn’t get to come to Oxfam every day. They are my Oxfamily! I love it here!

They are fantastic people and I’d go crazy if I didn’t get to come to Oxfam every day.

My Oxfamily planned a 50th birthday surprise party and a 60th birthday surprise party too!

At my 50th, Paul Meldrum, who is an ex-Carlton player (Go Blues!) came along to say happy birthday! I was so surprised that I didn’t know what to say to him. There was heaps of food at the party and I got great presents, like the American-Indian book that’s still at home and a Liverpool shirt and hat. My 60th party was also lots of fun. All the guests were interviewed and then a DVD was put together for me of the party.

This year it’s my 70th birthday but it isn’t going to be a surprise party because I know all about it.

We are having a big celebration at the Oxfam head office and I’m asking my friend Paul Meldrum to come! The Oxfam band are also playing some songs for me which I can’t wait for.

I love my Oxfamily!

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