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MARANOA HERO: Narelle Walsh volunteers her time and bus

GIVING: For the past two years Narelle Walsh (left) has been volunteering her time to take Pinaroo residents for trips on her bus.
GIVING: For the past two years Narelle Walsh (left) has been volunteering her time to take Pinaroo residents for trips on her bus. Jordan Philp

NARELLE Walsh is known by the youngest and oldest residents in the Maranoa.

When she isn't driving the bus on the Roma-Taroom school bus run she volunteers her time at Pinaroo Aged Care facility.

Every fortnight she volunteers a few hours of her time to drive up to 22 Pinaroo residents around the Maranoa.

"They absolutely love the trips, they give me big kisses and cuddles - it puts a smile on my face," Ms Walsh said.

"Every week they try and pull out their purses to give me 20 cents for the bus ride."

For the last two years Ms Walsh has taken the Pinaroo residents on trips to Surat riverside park, Hodgson, the new building estates and parks.

"The staff at Pinaroo said they notice a huge difference," Ms Walsh said.

"They look forward to their trips.

"It's one of the best feelings in the world."

On Thursday morning the Pinaroo residents had a different trip booked and went to the Roma on Bungil art gallery.

The Pinaroo staff is looking for more volunteers to donate a portion of their time.

As little as half an hour can make a huge difference in the life of a Pinaroo resident.

If you think you can spare some time on a frequent basis call the Pinaroo Aged Care home on 4622 1061 or visit the staff during business hours at 0-56 Bowen St, Roma.


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