If you’ve had a gift wrapped at Kingsway City Shopping Centre, chances are, you’ve met Diane Stephenson. Diane has volunteered with the Balga-Girrawheen YouthCARE Council for the last 25 years and helped start the present wrapping fundraiser 10 years ago.
“The shopping centre management invited us to set up a table, and they provided the wrapping paper,” Diane said. “I volunteer because I love it and I am so impressed with what the chaplains do — these people are just amazing.”
Volunteers and chaplains man the tables, and people often come and have a chat.
“We have our regulars who recognise us every year, and some come to share where they are at in life. Sometimes we have a coffee with them and listen to their story.”
There is no limit to the type of gift, or number of presents wrapped, with some people taking full advantage of the service.
“We’ve had everything from guitars to table tennis tables — even a kitten,” Diane said. “One time we had someone come with 47 gifts to be wrapped. They were generous with their donation though!”