Dental Hygienist Stephanie Leckey discovered an unexpected bonus when she volunteered to work at a Filling the Gap clinic. “Some of the other volunteers I met at Filling the Gap are based two blocks from my work so I was surprised to meet some new professional contacts who have now become friends,” she said. “I’m much more connected with my profession thanks to meeting the other Filling the Gap volunteers and I feel good being charitable toward those who are less fortunate than me.”
“Meeting other dental professionals who volunteer with Filling the Gap offers a new perspective on our profession and it’s wonderful meeting all of the patients as well.” Stephanie works in a Sydney CBD based practice and often sees many people who are in need of expensive dental treatment living rough near her workplace. Her growing awareness of people who are vulnerable and cannot afford to access dental treatment, due to a range of barriers they face, drove Stephanie to volunteer.
“I’ve always wanted to do something to help vulnerable people because I see a high need for it. Filling the Gap patients and volunteers all have a different perspective of life and sharing in that is special. I was hesitant at first but giving back what I can through Filling the Gap is an opportunity. Patients are filled with gratitude and being part of Filling the Gap has helped me to understand the differences in other people more.”
“Patients are filled with gratitude and being part of Filling the Gap has helped me to understand the differences in other people more.”