Bridie's Four Decades of Volunteering

Bridie's Four Decades of Volunteering


Meet Bridie, a true Oxfam Ireland legend! She joined the Oxfam Shop in Bray back in 1983.

One memory that never fails to make her smile is the training sessions from way back when they showed a hilarious video featuring the one and only Victoria Wood and her colleagues, demonstrating all the "how not to do it" scenarios. It was a riot!

As Bridie reflects on her 40-year journey with Oxfam Ireland, she can't help but marvel at the changes she's witnessed. What was once a group mainly consisting of retired volunteers has transformed into a vibrant mix of people from all age groups. Youngsters and students have brought fresh perspectives and energy, injecting new life into the organisation.

One thing that hasn't changed, though, is Oxfam's physical premises. The place that has been the heart of their operations throughout the years still stands strong, witnessing the flow of volunteers and the impact they make.

When asked about her role, Bridie lights up. Sorting items may have been her main task, but she's always been eager to pitch in wherever needed. “Sure, there were moments of routine, but those were overshadowed by the unwavering dedication to the cause and the incredible camaraderie with her fellow volunteers.” It was the people who truly made the Oxfam experience exceptional for Bridie.

It was in that Oxfam family that connections were formed, friendships blossomed, and that beautiful sense of belonging filled the air.

Bridie's story is a testament to the power of volunteering, the joy of being part of something bigger than oneself, and the incredible bonds that form along the way. She's left an indelible mark on Oxfam Ireland, and her dedication will be remembered for years to come.

Cheers to you, Bridie, and all the volunteers who make a difference every single day! 

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