Honorary Life Membership for Dedicated Volunteer

Dedicated Sunshine Coast volunteer Judith Murray has spent more than 30 years devoting her time to Endeavour Foundation, and now her efforts have been recognised with an Honorary Life Membership.

Board Director Suzie Thorpe recently presented Judith with life membership, for her stellar volunteering efforts.

“Judith is really the essence of what Endeavour Foundation was founded on, which is incredibly generous people giving of themselves for the betterment of those with disabilities,” Ms Thorpe said. “She deserves more than her Honorary Life Membership, as without the ‘Judith’s’ of our organisation, we would never have the service to disabilities we have now.”

Judith says while she is happy to receive the reward, it’s really a team effort.

“The only way that I have been able to do the work that I have done for the organisation, is with the help of a great group of volunteers,” she said.

Judith has continually had a heart for charitable causes, and she later moved to Noosa Heads in the 1980s, and was eventually elected as sub-Branch President.

The branch then had an ‘Op Shop’, which was originally based in Weyba Road, then moved to Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. Behind the shop was a tin shed, the annex, where donations were sorted, stock stored and suitable material was cut for rags.

In the ensuing years, Judith was kept busy arranging donations for Sylvania School, which was the Endeavour Foundation school in Nambour, educating children with a disability.  

One of her fondest memories is joining the sub branch staff when they took the school children on a boat cruise on the Noosa River. The school later closed in 1988.

“I really enjoyed my involvement with the children from the school and spending time with them at the picnics each Christmas, and going on bus trips to the Spring Valley farm,” Judith said. “I also really liked visiting various Endeavour Foundation services on the coast, where they made items, as it was very interesting watching everyone enjoying their work.”

Judith and her team of volunteers continued to spread the word and tirelessly fundraise for Endeavour Foundation, through numerous golf and bridge days, book sales, street stalls, raffles, fashion parades, morning teas with guest speakers and other methods.

The volunteers would sell raffle tickets and stocked street stalls with craft items and home cooking. “Over the years I have developed great memories of the many volunteers, including two people who were over 85, who would deliver the rags to garages. There were dedicated volunteers, who worked each week for over 20 years, and other important people, ‘the relievers’, who could fill roster vacancies,” she said.

Judith’s workload didn’t ease when she took on the role of overseeing the Tewantin Recycled Clothing Store in 1998. While there, she received and sorted through donations and delivery stock, organised prices, tidied the store, and attended to the paperwork, amongst other roles.

She also wore the hat of roster clerk, which meant she had to work out volunteer spots to fill, and if Judith had no luck in finding volunteers – she would fill in.

Endeavour Foundation has more than 1,200 volunteers who are at the backbone of its operations.

They work at its retail and industries sites and share their skills with people with a disability who work or access support at the organisation.

You can register to be an Endeavour Foundation volunteer at

http://www.endeavour.com.au/Ways-to-support-us/Volunteer/Volunteer-Application.

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Media Contact: Stephanie Fitzpatrick, Media and Communications Officer, on 0438 905 185 or s.fitzpatrick@endeavour.com.au.    

Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting more than 3,300 people with a disability from more than 230 locations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. These include accommodation, employment, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities.