Volunteers play a vital role in helping to deliver Brainwave Programs and Events to children and families impacted by neurological conditions. Each month we select one of our outstanding volunteers to feature and say thank you. The answers to the questions below will be published on our website and social media.
Volunteer Name: Andrea Malfatti
How long have you volunteered with Brainwave? I have volunteered with Brainwave during the last four years at many events such as the Family Christmas Party, Annual Fundraising Gala, NSW Camp and NSW Family Day.
How did you get started with Brainwave and what drew you to our work and mission? The company I work for, Ferrero Australia, is proudly supporting Brainwave since 2010. As part of this partnership, Ferrero makes available its people and product to assist in Brainwave activities and raises funds via staff initiatives; that’s how I was introduced to the charity. In Australia, Ferrero proudly follows its global principle of “work, create, donate” and this partnership represents a natural and lovely association between the two organisations.
When I started to meet the wonderful families during the events, I experienced firsthand how Brainwave positively impacts their lives and wanted to contribute to this mission.
What was your first volunteer day like? How would you describe the volunteer experience? My first volunteer day was at the Family Christmas Party at Sydney’s Luna Park four years ago. It was a sunny and very hot day and seeing how much fun the kids had and the relief in their parents’ faces made my day and put everything in perspective.
What is your favourite part about volunteering with Brainwave? Seeing how these initiatives enable families experiencing the same challenges to be together and create important friendships. I am happy if I can help create an enjoyable and memorable day for the children and their families, but this would not be possible without Brainwave’s staff who have always went over and beyond!
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Brainwave? I work as Corporate Communications Manager at Ferrero in Sydney. From January I will move to Ferrero’s headquarters in Europe and I will definitely miss Brainwave. However, I will follow you on social media to see all the great things I am sure you will do in the future!
What have you learned from volunteering? You feel much better when you contribute to something that makes people happy. Also, how much you can learn from people who face difficult challenges.
Any words of wisdom you live by? Something that I’ve learnt in my life, and it took a while, is the importance of living in the present moment, without worrying about the past and being anxious about the future. The following famous quote from the English novelist Ida Scott Taylor beautifully captures this approach “Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering”.