"My family have fostered a seven-year-old girl, Tiambrah, for the past five years," she said. "Tiambrah spends a lot of time in the hospital and I see first-hand the amazing work that they do.
"I wanted to be able to give something back. I'm also studying nursing and would love to work in paediatrics so it's the perfect volunteer role for me I get so much out of it. I love being able to spend time with the kids. Being able to brighten the day of kids in hospital is a great feeling but, really, it is the kids who brighten my day."
"At the same time, I realised how rewarding it was to be there for people who have been through so much on their journey through cancer treatment. On top of that, it is just the most calming and nurturing environment with the loveliest and friendliest people working at Solaris, which makes me look forward to spending a day there every time."
According to The Economic, Social and Cultural Value of Volunteering in Western Australia, there are more than 600,000 volunteers in WA and the social, economic and cultural value of their contribution is more than $39 billion. Four out of five West Australians volunteer, donating a total of 315 million hours each year which equates to about 15.9 hours each month.
"There's such an array of arts, cultural, conservation and recreational groups who depend upon volunteers for their existence and there are thousands more who help at schools with sports, canteen duties and literacy programs.
"There are also plenty of other helpers who care for friends' children, the elderly and people with disability without ever being registered with an agency. Volunteers can come in many shapes and forms so people might be surprised at the different things they could do."
For more details on the expo, call Robyn on 9273 3640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, visit www.nedlands.wa.gov.au. Dalkeith Hall is at 99 Waratah Ave, Dalkeith.