France Tizon – an angel on wheels

Published on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 at 10:21:00 AM

When France Tizon turned up at the Nedlands Community Care office in 2009, he was looking to join a walking group.  Little did he know, 13 years later he would be one of the City’s most treasured assets – a volunteer car driver.

Every week, France drives Nedlands seniors to their doctor’s appointments, shopping trips, to Nedlands Community Care for social activities or to a neighbourhood friend. Volunteer car drivers provide an invaluable service to seniors who are unable to transport themselves.

France says being a volunteer has its own rewards and he has made some long-standing acquaintances with the passengers he helps.

“I enjoy doing something that helps other people and listening to their stories.  

“Some passengers have funny stories that make me laugh and others have interesting stories about their lives,” France said.

According to City of Nedlands CEO Bill Parker, 110 volunteers gave their valued time and energy to the City in the 2020-21 financial year. 

“Volunteers are vital because their contribution enables the City to extend and enhance its services beyond those provided by staff,” Mr Parker said.

“On average, each volunteer gives more than five hours per month, representing more than 6,591 volunteer hours per year.

“The City appreciates the benefits that volunteers bring to the City and understands the importance of ensuring volunteers are well supported and thanked in return.”  

Volunteers provide valuable support to many areas of the City including Nedlands Community Care, Local Studies archives, Bushcare, Nedlands Library and Tresillian Arts Centre. 

For more information on joining the City’s team of volunteers, please email or call (08) 9273 3500. The City is currently looking for volunteer car drivers. 

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