Each year KOALA Kids is fortunate to interest a small number of university students seeking work experience in the not for profit space and the opportunity to ‘give back and do for others’.

Last year four particularly enthusiastic students joined the KOALA Kids team of volunteers. Jo Hutton, Lily Johnson, Sophie Mullen and Grace Kerr. Each of the full time university students bought their own set of skills to the program and were keen to use in support of the KOALA Kids activities. Alison Brown, commerce student who had written KOALA Kids newsletters in 2013 was travelling overseas during most of 2014 returning late last year in to resume her role.  Ali wrote the current summer newsletter.

Each of the interns have been exemplary in their effort, juggling studies with their family and social lives and their KOALA Kids commitments.

Late last year Mandy Mandie, program director KOALA Kids announced university intern, Grace Kerr the inaugural KOALA Kids volunteer of the year, 2014. Grace was chosen for her outstanding commitment to KOALA Kids Monday morning program at The Royal Children’s Hospital and her involvement in the social media and events sub-committees.

Grace at our Australia Day themed Morning Tea Party
Grace at our Australia Day themed Morning Tea Party

“Grace’s award is not to say that every single KOALA Kids volunteer is not worthy of the same. However the enthusiasm with which Grace embraced the responsibility for the coordination and support of the weekly activities at the hospital is commendable. Grace endears everyone she meets from Merridy Justice and Mary McGowan in the Kookaburra ward and Day Cancer Centre at The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Children’s Cancer Centre to Neridah McMullen, KOALA Kids book club coordinator and Sonia Nedovic, RCH Education Institute early learning educator.  20 year old Grace, public relations student at RMIT welcomes and greets families and children in treatment each week at the pizza making session, the morning tea party and other specialist volunteer activities.

Grace’s enthusiasm to get involved in many aspects of the program at the hospitals and in the office is a reflection on how she approaches life – her family, her studies and busy social life.   She works with KOALA Kids interns on the social media sub-committee, founding and writing KOALA Kids blogs and is an integral member of the events sub-committee, which included taking fabulous photos at KOALA Kids Halloween lunch at Steer Bar and Grill as well as working for the duration of the event.

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