Fran Appleton, is quite literally, the apple of our eye.
Volunteering in ADRA’s office in Wahroonga, Sydney, for the past four years, Fran admits she doesn’t like the limelight and is more of a ‘background’ person, but we can’t help but tell everyone how much we appreciate and love her work.
After retiring, Fran still had the desire to help out where she could, so she contacted Volunteer NSW who in turn placed her with ADRA Australia. Was she nervous, excited or scared about starting at ADRA?
“No, I was delighted to be able to work here,” Fran says with a smile.
Why on earth would anyone want to continue work, and for free, when they are most entitled to sit back and relax?
“I’d retired from my job and wanted to stay in the community service sector,” says Fran. “Volunteering is stimulating, and keeps you involved.”
“I find it completely and utterly rewarding.”
Now, once a week (or twice if needed!) Fran arrives at ADRA, with her signature cup of coffee to kick-start her day, and helps update our database, keep track of our receipting and ledger filing while also being called upon to answer the phones when things get a bit hairy.
“This really is the best place in the world to work,” says Fran with a genuine smile – and without any prompting.
“From day one, I felt so very welcome and included in things going on around the office.”
“I consider it an absolute privilege to work here.” She’s gushing now.
But we think the real star is Fran, who not only volunteers at ADRA but also one day a week at another organisation.
An incredibly hard worker who is brilliant at what she does, Fran is now an integral part of our office; we really don’t know what we’d do without her.
It seems, in an effort to not talk about herself, Fran just wants to talk about ADRA.
“This organisation is just brilliant. I am in awe of the staff and the work that you do here.”
Thankfully, we got to write this article, which is lucky, because we get the last say.
Fran we think you’re great.
We want to say thanks to Fran, and the hundreds of other volunteers around the country, who dedicate hours to serving others.
You are the real ADRA. You are the ones changing the lives of those around you. We are proud of you. We are thankful for you. And we praise God for you!
Happy National Volunteers Week!