Volunteers Paul Baddock & Drew Bugden help accommodation houses with donations during lockdown

Volunteers Paul Baddock & Drew Bugden help accommodation houses with donations during lockdown
Posted on Thu 21 May 2020

Written by Jude Beeny, Senior Volunteer Coordinator, CPA

 

Since the Covid crisis hit Sydney, we in the Volunteers team have been looking at ways we can assist our clients living in lockdown at their accommodation and respite homes.  We reached out to our friends at Bunnings and Officeworks who kindly assisted with donations of art and craft, garden and plant supplies and sports equipment.

Drew and Paul both live on the northern beaches of Sydney, in fact Paul grew up just down the road from The Spastic Centre in Allambie and remembers working as a teenager in the local supermarket at Allambie Shops, seeing the Spastic Centre buses pull up outside the shop. He helped assist with their shopping needs. 

Drew grew up in Penrith, Western Sydney.  His brother Luke lived with cerebral palsy.  Drew saw firsthand the difficulties his family faced having a child with disability, and that although there was financial strain, he believed having the physical support of friends and family was essential. Now living near Allambie he decided he wanted to give back, to assist those families like the one he had grown up in, so he contacted us at Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Drew has been volunteering with us for three years, assisting our CPA Sports Development Team at our week-end Soccer Camps at Narrabeen Academy of Sport which take place throughout the year.  What keeps him coming back is the gratitude of the families whose children attend the camps.  ‘They always come up to me and say thank you for your on-going support’ and ‘great to see you back again’!  He said he loves the great sense of community at these camps, where up to 40 children with special needs spend their weekend honing their sporting and social skills too.

Paul and Drew met a few years back when their sons played in the U6’s Wakehurst Tigers soccer team, when Drew was the volunteer coach.  Their friendship strengthened as they had common values and a similar outlook on life, plus they share a great sense of humour.  Paul knew that Drew was volunteering at CPA and asked him what he did and how he could get involved, as he felt the time was right to give back.

We reached out to Drew this month to ask if he could assist with the deliveries of donations to our wonderful clients, to bring some sunshine and smiles to their days spent in lockdown. Drew did not hesitate to say yes.  He reached out to his mate Paul, who said he too would like to be involved and has now joined us as a volunteer.  This past weekend they visited 17 of our accommodation and respite sites delivering goodie bags to our clients.

We are very grateful for their support.

Thank you Paul and Drew! You make such a difference.

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