Living Care volunteers, Margaret and Bob Cambourn recently returned from an exciting trip to Queenstown, New Zealand. Queenstown is a beautiful  town situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by the Southern Alps. The trip was awarded to Margaret when she won the Volunteer of the Decade award at Living Care’s 2014 Excellence in Service Awards. The couple decided to organise their trip for November, 2015 to be in line with their wedding anniversary.


Bob named dinner at the Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar as the highlight of their trip. The restaurant can be reached by the skyline gondola and it features a gourmet seafood buffet with picturesque views overlooking Queenstown and the surrounding alps. Another highlight was the Shotover Jet, which is a high speed boat that zooms around the narrow canyons of the Shotover River. The couple also enjoyed a day exploring the scenic area of Milford Sound. Bob and Margaret are extremely grateful for their overseas experience and note how wonderful it is that Living Care recognises their volunteers.

Bob and Margaret have been volunteering at McCauley Lodge for 9 years. They have both found their experiences to be extremely rewarding and describe the Lodge as a big family. Bob helps to run some of the leisure and lifestyle activities and he often dresses up for various events. The people who live at the Lodge, especially love it when Bob dresses up as Santa every Christmas. Margaret assists in the kitchen and she personally knows each individual’s likes and dislikes.

The Manager at McCauley Lodge, Vickie Clever describes how caring and respectful Bob and Margaret are towards the people who live at the Lodge. Vickie goes on to say, ‘I think the biggest stand out for me is when I hear Margaret comment on how she gets far more out of coming to McCauley Lodge than what she gives. Bob and Margaret are honest salt of the earth people who are helping to enrich the lives of the residents at McCauley Lodge.’

Bob and Margaret find volunteering to be very enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone of any age who has some time to spare. Bob explains how important it is to give back to the community, especially in aged care, as it could be yourself needing care in the future.

Volunteering can bring joy into your life too. If you are interested we would love to hear from you today.