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: Leticia Yamaki Camoleze
How long have you volunteered with Brainwave? I began volunteering with Brainwave in September 2019.
How did you get started with Brainwave and what attracted you to our work and mission?
I found out about Brainwave after conducting an online search into charities and organisations that assisted children with special needs and neurological conditions. In my own life, I have worked as a radiotherapy technician in Brazil and as part of my job, I met many children with brain cancer. I also lost my brother who was totally immobilized due to an accident that caused him severe brain damage. With this personal frame of reference, I understand how difficult it is for families with unwell children and I know how welcome any form of help can be. I wanted to join an organisation committed to helping these families and children. I feel that Brainwave does a spectacular job of assisting children and families in need.
What was your first volunteer day like? How would you describe the volunteer experience?
On my first day as a volunteer, I was made to feel welcome. The Brainwave staff were kind and they made the whole process very comfortable.
What is your favourite part about volunteering with Brainwave?
I like knowing that I am making a difference to the life of a child. I love to make Bear Essential packs with teddy bears - I always try to send positive thoughts and feelings with each one.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Brainwave?
When I'm not volunteering, I'm studying, I'm trying to improve my English, and I help elderly people with everyday tasks that they find difficult.
What have you learnt from volunteering?
In today’s competitive world, volunteer work provides the opportunity to learn new things: the practice of group work, the exercise of economy, empathy and respect for diversity. It mobilizes people and allows them to meet others outside of their usual circle. People from various backgrounds can come together for a common purpose.
Volunteer work is the best way for a person to learn more about themselves. It allows for self-reflection, by encountering and solving challenges people can understand what they really want from their life and what their goals are.
Any words of wisdom you live by?
The universe operates through exchanges, everything you give you get back in some way. Exchange is what keeps life flowing. Without it, everything stagnates. In life, we can only be happy if we contribute to the world around us.