On Saturday, 16 November 2019 Reach for Recovery held their national Annual General Meeting which was attended by board members, volunteers and members of the public.  Apart from the Annual Report delivered by our Chairperson, Stephné Jacobs we also had the privilege of being addressed by Dr Erna Prinsloo on Volunteer recruitment, burnout and dropout.

Part of her powerful message was the following: “Volunteering is a particularly productive way of benefitting the greater good while, simultaneously, gaining a deep understanding of the cancer experience. By providing care to others we are also providing care to ourselves. By helping others to heal through kindness, we are healing ourselves through kindness.” Erna continued to emphasize the importance of ongoing support, training, acknowledgement, and opportunities to talk about experiences.  And when the time comes, volunteers need to know that they can walk away from the organisation with grace.Thank you Erna, we truly enjoyed your presentation and look forward to working with you in the future.

The highlight of the AGM was the announcement of the winners of our Volunteer Awards – our own Voscars!  The Peer Support winner is RFR Port Elizebeth, Volunteer Management went to RFR Peninsula, Breast Health Education to RFR KwaZulu-Natal and Sustainability to RFR Johannesburg.  Our Chairperson, Stephné Jacobs was awarded the Leadership Award for the second time!  All our volunteers are winners in our eyes and we thank you for you dedication and loyalty to our organisation!