Helping is what Neil does best

NEIL Plumridge has been volunteering with Vision Australia for 17 years.

"I had a (problem) with my eye and was nearly blind," he said.

"I answered an ad (in the Bendigo Advertiser) when we were known as the Association for the Blind.

"I was accepted to come along (and volunteer)." 

Mr Plumridge said he worked in the day centre as a bus jockey and helper, and coordinated the footy tipping competition. 

"As a bus jockey I am part of the bus crew," he said.

"We go and pick the clients up from their homes (and take them to the day centre)."

Mr Plumridge said he got enjoyment out of putting a smile of the faces of clients.  

"I am happy making other people happy," he said. 

Mr Plumridge said he also volunteers at Uniting AgeWell Strath-Haven Care Community where he plays the guitar to residents. 

"We play a few of the old-time songs," he said. 

"I love it when the oldies start singing with us.

"We tell a few jokes and make fun of each other." 

Mr Plumridge said he would continue to volunteer.

"There is no reason to stop," he said.  

Neil Plumridge

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