Making a difference through massage

Nella Mazzarella hasn't looked back since she began volunteering at McAuley House two years ago. When an ad for a volunteer massage therapist caught her eye, Nella says she immediately thought of Patch Adams.

"This was my opportunity to help others feel good, and give something back to the community."

"Massage can have such a positive effect on your physical and mental health – it is so rewarding to see how rejuvenated and relaxed the women are after their massages."

Nella is one of six volunteers who contribute their time, skills and knowledge to help make a difference to the lives of women at McAuley House.

"This experience has opened the door to so many new and wonderful friendships – I learn so much from each woman," Nella says.

"There is such a sense of community at McAuley House. It is really special to be a part of."