My Place

Diana Morabito at the Craigieburn Salvation Army. (Damjan Janevski) 384827_02

Long term volunteer Diana Morabito spoke to Star Weekly about her life as a Craigieburn local and work with The Salvation Army.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

I have been associated with The Salvation Army for around 50 years and I just want to give back to the community. I lead a team of volunteers for our fundraising in the local shopping centre, both at Christmas with gift wrapping and for The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal. Through the week you will find me at the local Salvos in Craigieburn where I engage with the community. I talk to people who might be in need for a variety of reasons, help point people in the right direction for assistance, and am there to help in any way I can. I also help people with the Positive Lifestyle program which I really find joy in because I see people grow and see their need to change.

What’s your connection to Hume?

I live in the Hume City Council, I shop, go to church there, I just love it!

What do you like about where you live?

The connection with the community. I love the people I see, help and talk to. Everything I need is right here.

What, if anything, would you change about where you live?

Nothing really, I’m very happy with where I live.

Where is your favourite local place to spend time?

I like meeting up with friends at Craigieburn Central to have a coffee and a chat. I have a lot of contacts there and there’s always a friendly face to say hi to.

Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you?

In my working life I was a florist. I had my own shop and was a florist for over 30 years. I came from New Zealand. I first came for three months and I’m still here!