This month we celebrate long time FAR volunteer Jo Webb. We asked her a few questions...
How long have you been volunteering with FAR?
For 5 amazing years!
What made you start to volunteer initially?
I first visited the sanctuary in 2015 and fell in love with the magic of the place… the animals and the knowledge and compassion of the FAR Team. Tom was such a lovely host and let me rub his soft under-belly (pictured). When I read about the FAR’s gates being closed in 2017 due to State Government red tape, I wanted to do something to help so emailed with my CV. We launched a petition and community awareness campaign and with more than 40,000 signatories the government launching its Charity Infrastructure Fund to better protect not-for-profit organisations like FAR.
What do you love best about your work?
I love working with like-minded people to progress animal rights through education and knowledge. I also find volunteering my time and skills empowering. Prior to my role with FAR I would often feel over-whelmed by the magnitude of animal cruelty in Australia. Now I feel like I am making a genuine difference.
What do you find hard about your work?
The hardest thing is when a dear animal resident passes away. Even though I know that they knew love, care, security, safety and sovereignty at sanctuary, the loss of a farm friend is heart-breaking.
Who is your favourite resident?
Oh, that’s a HARD question. I’d have to say all of them, every resident is so unique and I love them all.
What's something surprising about you?
I can hold a head-stand for five minutes!
Is there anything else you'd like FAR supporters to know about you?
I’d like to let our supporters know that YOU are invaluable. We cannot do what we do without you. If you have ever considered volunteering, I strongly recommend it, as being part of this amazing team is truly rewarding.