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Volunteer's musical message

Elisa Alvarez is just one of the army of volunteers who give their time to help at Catholic Homes’ St. Vincent’s Aged Care in Guildford.

While on holiday in Perth from her native city of Barcelona, Ms Alvarez visits St Vincent’s every Thursday morning to play the ukulele to elderly residents.

She travels from room to room singing a mix of English and Spanish music.

“I did the same in Melbourne because I lived next to a nursing home, and one of my friend’s mothers lived there and suggested I go play. It was really good, so when I came to Perth I thought I could do the same,” she said.

“Music is the best way to communicate with people. It makes (the residents) happy, and it makes me happy too.”

Catholic Homes chief executive Sonya Smart said the organization was enormously grateful to its hundred volunteers, who give up their time to enrich the lives of others. Last Friday was International Volunteer’s Day, giving Ms Smart the perfect opportunity to thank the many volunteers.

International Volunteer Day

Midland Times, December 16, 2014