Huntington's Volunteer Feature: Anish
The Huntington's Victoria's volunteer program has been running at full swing! At the start of March we attended the 12th Boroondara Volunteer Expo held at the beautiful Hawthorn Arts Centre. This year, a staggering 600 people keen to find out about various volunteering opportunities, visited the event. Kylie, one of our star volunteers, was on hand to share her experiences and respond to any questions from prospective participants. Our CEO visited the HV stall to ensure there was enough chocolate to keep us going throughout the day. We met new people who we hope will continue their engagement with our organisation through volunteering in the future.
Just in time for National Volunteer Week from May 8 to 15, we decided to interview one of our volunteers, Anish Saini, and share his experiences volunteering with us.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and brought up in India.
Do you have any experience with HD in India?
I have got no experience regarding HD in India, but since I have begun volunteering with HV. I have started looking at the content available online about symptoms of HD and treatments, causes and its effects on people with HD in India. There is not a lot of information about this disease but I am trying to find out more.
How long have you been in Australia for?
I have been in Australia for a year. I am currently studying Master of Professional Engineering with majors in Engineering Management. I have found out about the volunteering opportunity at HV through my university website.
Why did you choose to volunteer with HV?
I like to volunteer with a community organisation that is supporting a worthy cause and services for the betterment of the society, and HV fits the bill perfectly. I volunteer my time and, in return, I would like to improve my customer service skills and build more confidence by improving my communication and organisational skills. Helping HV with administrative tasks lets me develop these skills.
How did you prepare to volunteer at HV?
I have attended seminars and awareness programs conducted by HV. This helped me find out what HV services are and provided opportunity to meet some people form the HD community. I have gathered information about HD and their pain and suffering it causes peoples. Once I started at HV, I participated in an orientation session. This session help me understand how the organisation operates and introduced me to the important policies that I need to know to volunteer at HV. I also was given an induction to my duties and much more regarding HD, which helps me to prepare about HV operations and programs.
What language do you speak at home?
I speak Hindi at home, which is a native language of my home country.
How do you say ‘Hope, Dignity, Awareness’ in Hindi?
It’s ‘Asha, Gaurav, Jaagarookata’
What is the best thing you have learnt from volunteering at HV?
I have spent six weeks of volunteering at HV and during these days, I learnt about the administration assistant duties and the working environment at HV. I have learnt good communication skills and improved on my customer service skills. It is now much more professional and it would definitely help me in my future job in my field. I have also learnt a great deal about HD and the HD community in Victoria. I met many nice people and had an opportunity to broaden my horizons about this disease.