Christopher Worsnop is one of the many volunteers who gives up their Christmas Eve to make the magic of Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight possible.
2019’s Carols by Candlelight marked a milestone for Christopher, with the 62 year-old notching his 45th year as a volunteer.
Christopher originally became involved in Carols by Candlelight in the 1970s thanks to his involvement in a youth orchestra.
“In the 1970s, the Camberwell Youth Orchestra and the Camberwell Youth Theatre both managed stalls at Carols by Candlelight, so that’s how I got involved back then,” Christopher said
“As time went by those organisations were no longer involved in Carols by Candlelight but I continued my involvement,” he said.
Christopher still manages a stall each Christmas Eve, now making sure Carols by Candlelight is exactly that.
“I manage one of the stalls selling the candles. I’m now a stall captain. The volunteering I do is just for the Carols by Candlelight and that has become a major focus for Christmas Eve.
“Of course it’s a fairly late night so that has an impact on Christmas morning. Everything stops for Carols by Candlelight on Christmas eve.”
Caption: Christopher and his family enjoy Carols by Candlelight each year.
While he’s nearly five decades into being a Carols by Candlelight volunteer, Christopher said each year is still enjoyable.
“When you’ve been around as long as I have, you notice the similarities more than the differences. The different managers come in and change things around but the core activities remain the same.
“The event itself is very enjoyable because it has a very happy atmosphere about it. The staff and the volunteers work together in a very happy frame of mind to produce a great event.”
Volunteering with Vision Australia has enabled Christopher to learn about some of the challenges faced by people who are blind or have low vision.
“I think that each person should be treated as an individual. No one is perfect, all of us have our strengths and weaknesses. For some people their vision is their weakness but it doesn’t alter their value as a person,” he said.
After 45 years, Christopher has some useful advice for new Vision Australia volunteers.
“Don’t be frightened to get involved. Be relaxed about the whole process and if you do have any concerns, worries or questions don’t hesitate to ask because everybody is there to help.”
To become one of Vision Australia’s valued volunteers, follow this link.