Redcliffe veteran continues to serve community

Published 6:00am 25 May 2024

Redcliffe veteran continues to serve community
Words by Nadia Chapman

Providing wellbeing and advocacy support to veterans has always been the aim for Carol Orr.

The 76-year-old veteran has supported her community in various volunteering roles for 33 years, with 25 of those years as a volunteer and member of the Redcliffe RSL Sub-Branch.

“It’s just so nice to help people when they need it. Putting a smile on their face makes me feel worthy and gives me so much satisfaction,” Carol says.

“Myself and my ex-husband served, and I really enjoyed my time in the Air Force because of the friendships I made.

“I think volunteering for the Sub-Branch has a similar sense of that camaraderie. We understand each other’s needs and how to talk to one another.”

Carol volunteers in the wellbeing and advocacy space through the Sub-Branch’s Vic Reading Wellbeing and Compensation Centre.

Some of her responsibilities include visiting veterans across 10 nursing homes in Redcliffe, making trips to Redcliffe and Peninsula Private Hospital and conducting at-home visits.

Carol says her responsibilities are important to her because she wants to ensure that our Peninsula veterans know they are cared for.

“A lot of Redcliffe RSL Sub-Branch members are getting older and need our help, so we want them to know we are here for them and care,” she says.

“In addition to visits, I also provide transportation services to doctors’ appointments, support individuals following medical procedures, assist with understanding important documentation and forms, and support veterans experiencing homelessness.”

But as an ex-servicewoman, one of Carol’s most honoured responsibilities is organising Poppy Services for veterans who have passed away.

“We have sadly lost around 30 ex-servicewomen, and I have been involved in helping at almost all those services,” Carol explains.

“These services are very sad, but it’s a privilege of mine to honour these individuals.

“I really love what I do in the volunteer space, and I think it has such a positive impact. A lot of people need help and I see the many benefits from our support.”

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