Sarah Dibdin is Central and Southern Sydney’s Media and Marketing Coordinator on the Inner West Relay For Life event. As a volunteer, she liaises with local media, print, broadcast and online, puts together media releases, and invites local businesses and community groups to take part in the event.
Her contributions include updating the Facebook page, organising promotional days for the Relay, and coordinating posters and banners for advertising the event. Sarah chose to volunteer at Cancer Council NSW because “I wanted to be able to use my communication skills in a different way than I do at work, and to do something that really matters. I chose Relay For Life because when communities come together we can achieve so much more than on our own. We are raising money for a cause that I believe in, and unfortunately cancer will affect everybody at some point in their lives. “I have qualifications in Communications and Public Relations, and work for a not-for-profit organisation in fundraising. Although I have this experience, that doesn’t mean that you need to have this kind of a background to help out in this area.
Cancer Council provide really useful guides and materials to help you along the way, and we have incredible staff on hand to answer any of the questions we have. You’re never on your own! “You get to work with a fantastic group of people who are committed to the same cause you are. You meet wonderful people you otherwise might not have met, and you get to see the real benefit of the work you do. “I was really excited to get the West Tigers football club involved in the launch of the Inner West Relay For Life this year. It’s such a wonderful feeling to be able to spread the word of the cause you’re representing and get people with great influence to agree with you and help you spread the word.
Sarah gets a sense of accomplishment from being involved in Cancer Council NSW’s mission because, while “not everything runs smoothly all of the time, but when it does, I certainly get a case of the warm and fuzzies, because I know that I’m contributing to a really important cause. Every time I read about new research that’s taking place, new legislation that will help create smoke free communities, or the wonderful support the Cancer Council provides to cancer patients and their carers, I feel as though I have helped to make that happen in some small way.
“Volunteering for Cancer Council I have been able to do things that I don’t usually do in my professional career. It’s a great opportunity to be able to branch out and build skills you might not have had a chance to use elsewhere. You don’t need to be an expert to volunteer, you just need to be willing to commit a bit of time and a lot of enthusiasm!”
Sarah tells her friends that volunteering at Cancer Council is “a great experience, and there are loads of different roles you could take on with varying levels of commitment. It’s definitely worth giving it a go.” When not at Cancer Council, Sarah works “full time at another not-for profit organisation. I enjoy spending time with my friends, playing soccer, running, eating good food and planning holidays
She’s passionate about “a “˜Why not?’ attitude. I think that if more people asked themselves “why not?” instead of “why should I?”, then the whole world would be a better place and individuals would find they’re leading more satisfying lives. Why not go to university when I’m in my forties? Why not travel to South America? Why not donate blood? Why not donate an hour or two of my time to Cancer Council instead of watching reality TV?” Why not try volunteering at Cancer Council?