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 volunteer to feature and say thank you.
Volunteer Name: Ben Rose
How long have you volunteered with Brainwave? 6 years
How did you get started with Brainwave and what drew you to our work and mission? Learnt about Brainwave through the partnership with Mercedes-Benz and just couldn’t resist helping out at the various events from the Victoria Camps to Family Days and Christmas Parties.
What was your first volunteer day like? How would you describe the volunteer experience? My first family event volunteer day was eye opening and one to remember. It was day 1 at the Victorian Camp in 2014 and I still remember seeing what they had to go through to get ready for the various events that were planned, and the amazing comradery of all the Brainwave children and their siblings. Volunteering is the best thing you can do- you get to a small window into what the families go through and the difficulties the children have, but best of all you get to play a hand in putting massive smiles on their faces at various events. And ultimately when you return to other Brainwave events you get to see their reaction when they see you again
What is your favourite part about volunteering with Brainwave? The best thing has to be providing a small respite to families that care for the awesome kids who are just normal kids with various illnesses, and seeing them enjoy the Brainwave events. Additionally it is the fuzzy-bags that I have as mementos from the camps I have been to which are filled with lovely messages from the brainwave children and the families who show you how much the camp (and other events that Brainwave put on) mean to them.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Brainwave? I am an accountant who enjoys playing tennis and hanging out with family and friends. I also follow the Bombers in the AFL. I will however be moving to London on my next adventure next week.
What have you learned from volunteering? That giving up a small amount of my time makes a world of difference to others who really get a lot out of events such as the amazing ones which Brainwave put on. Whether that be an afternoon at Kids & Sibs, or a whole weekend at an awesome Victorian Camp, the little time I give up is far out weighted by what the kids and families take out of the experience.
Any words of wisdom you live by? The more you put in, the more you take away.