Volunteer Stories: Uncovering a hidden movie star

CCNB’s volunteering program connects community volunteers with socially isolated older individuals. Our Volunteer Stories series highlights special interactions that come out of the program.

Louise is one of our CCNB Community Volunteers and has been connected with Ray for (length of time). She describes him as 94-years-young and has continued to learn more about him and his 45-year career as a commercial artist. A lot of this career was spent working at John Sands, one of the largest privately listed greeting card companies.

Along with his time creating card graphics, Ray produced some famous “loose talk” posters during WWII, and has kept a detailed collection of those proofs, along with a portfolio with his illustrations. In addition to his extensive work as an artist, he landed an extra’s role in Tiara Tahiti, a 1962 indie drama starring James Mason and John Mills. Ray had taken long service leave and spent three months in Tahiti, where the film was being shot. His work as an extra involved him being part of a bar scene. Louise has ordered a DVD copy of the movie to watch with Ray. He was incredibly excited and couldn’t believe she was able to find and order the film on her phone!

Volunteering with CCNB
If you’re looking for a volunteering program that will allow you to provide support to and connect with others in your community, CCNB has lots of opportunities. We can work around your schedule and for as little as one hour a week your support can help local people in your local community. Register your interest today.

If you have any questions please call our CCNB Volunteer Coordinator on 1300 002 262 or email volunteers@ccnb.com.au