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Paying it forward

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May 16, 2016

Shepparton volunteer Dylan Humphries

Vision Australia Shepparton volunteer Dylan Humphries has been volunteering with the organisation since the start of the year

He helps Vision Australia clients use computers, iPhones, iPads and basically any technological devices that sighted people take for granted.

Mr Humphries was encouraged to volunteer with Vision Australia because his parents were long-time volunteers with the organisation.

“This is my Årst volunteer position … and it’s been fantastic,” he said.

“You get to meet so many different people and it’s a segment of the community you don’t necessarily interact with on a day-today basis.”

Mr Humphries said it was interesting to just talk to Vision Australia clients and hear their personal stories and what they had been through.

“You really get to understand the barriers that are placed in front of them just to do things that we take completely for granted, like surÅng a web page,” he said.

Mr Humphries said for places such as Vision Australia, volunteers were essential.

“They couldn’t provide their programs without volunteers,” he said.

For him though, the experience is an opportunity to give back to the community.

“I’ve been in positions in the past where I’ve been unemployed or I’ve had to rely on the kindness of other people in order to get by, and I think it’s important to repay that generosity that people have shown me by paying it forward to help someone else,” he said.

Mr Humphries said he hoped to eventually move back to Melbourne but wanted to keep volunteering with Vision Australia.

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