Today is the United Nations’ International Volunteer Day, a day to raise awareness about the important role volunteers play in responding to challenges facing the world, such as social isolation.
At Resthaven Mitcham, Les May is living proof that age is no barrier to volunteering and making a difference in the lives of others. Les will turn 98 later this month!
Resthaven Mitcham Lifestyle Coordinator, Sylvia Ortiz, says, ‘Every week, Les conducts an hour long ‘Musical Affairs’ program, where he presents songs based on old favourites and requests.
‘Les presents the program on an old cassette player with an old-style counter, so that he can queue up each piece. He adds his sentiments and commentary, so it is reminiscent of an old radio show. Everyone listens attentively, singing or humming along with the tunes.’
‘As Wednesday, 4 December, marked the 400th Musical Affairs program, we decided to celebrate this milestone with a special cake to thank Les for his dedication and commitment to bringing joy to the residents at Resthaven Mitcham each week.’
‘Les began presenting the program in 2011. At first, only a handful of residents attended the fortnightly program.’
‘However, it was soon so popular that it is now weekly, with around 20 – 30 participants.’
‘His playlist features favourite old time artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Dean Martin. Spiritual and popular songs from between the wars are always well received.’
Having grown up in a musical family, Les says his personal favourites are Vera Lynn, Nelson Eddie and Jeannette McDonald.
Les continues to share his love of music at Resthaven each week. Thank you, Les!