Meet our youngest volunteer

Sonia Lim 5 Dec 2019

At RFBI Tamworth Masonic Village, there’s a special member of their team who lights up everyone’s day…and he’s as cute as a button!

Kayne Bladen is just four years old and has been volunteering at the Village for the last three years along with his grandmother, Sue, who has been an integral member of the volunteer team for five years.

“When I became Kayne’s babysitter, I did not want to stop volunteering, so I ended up taking Kayne with me,” commented Sue.

“He’s made a lot of friends at the Village and you can’t help but smile when he’s around.”

Kayne chimed in, “I like visiting all my friends at the Village. I don’t like going home and leaving them, but I know I will be back very soon.”

Residents and staff alike all look forward to Kayne’s regular visits and agree that he has made a positive contribution to life at the Village. As well as being the best volunteer he can be, he tells stories about having pillow fights with his siblings and wanting to be the Hulk when he grows up.

Colleen Lenehan, resident of the Village said, “Kayne cheers up our day with his hugs and chats. He is so happy and adorable when he proudly shows us all his volunteer badge.”

Fellow resident, Jim Lecerf, commented, “Kayne’s a good boy, he shakes our hands when he leaves and wishes us all a good day.”

Staff at RFBI Tamworth Masonic Village admire Kayne for his presentation and beautiful manners. General Manager, Elizabeth Diebold commented, “When Kayne and other children visit, our residents are so happy and this brings back many memories for them.”

“It is particularly noticeable in those residents who are living with dementia. They engage physically and emotionally by putting out their arms ready to embrace them with a cuddle. The smiles on their faces are priceless, full of genuine love and happiness. The children react positively and it is beautiful to see.”

If you want to get involved and become a valued RFBI volunteer, please contact your local Village, call our Head Office on 1800 181 959 or email us at volunteer@rfbi.com.au.