Many hands make light church work

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Sue Har­ris

RE­TIREES are vol­un­teer­ing their time and ex­pe­ri­ence to carry out re­pair and main­te­nance work on churches in the Cen­tral Bur­nett.

In charge of op­er­a­tions is Rev­erend Noel Park, who said the Eidsvold Unit­ing Church “drank” the paint be­cause it hadn’t been painted for 20 years.

As well as paint­ing, the vol­un­teers from Sun­shine Coast and Nam­bour Unit­ing Churches built a ramp to pro­vide ac­cess for dis­abled par­ish­ioners.

“Keith Giess built the ramp even bet­ter than re­quired stan­dards. He’s a per­fec­tion­ist,” Rev Park said.

“The main prob­lem we’re hav­ing is that we need a cherry picker to paint the tur­ret and the high parts.

“We could all bal­ance eas­ily when we were younger.”

Up to nine vol­un­teers have been work­ing at Eidsvold and have put in close to 1000 hours.

“I had to do a patch job on the gut­ter­ing be­cause our vol­un­teer plumber can’t come un­til the new year,” Rev Park said.

Early in 2013 the group plans to paint the out­side of the Mun­dub­bera Unit­ing Church hall and the inside of the Gayn­dah hall.

Rev Park is no stranger to vol­un­tary work. With helpers from his Nam­bour Unit­ing Church parish, he built and re­paired 30 air­ports for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice but re­cently de­cided to work more locally. Rev Park was also the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Life­line for Dar­ling Downs and south­west Queens­land for 20 years, car­ing for up to 1000 fam­i­lies.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

HELP­ING HAND: Mem­bers of Nam­bour and Sun­shine Coast Unit­ing Church who have re­tired are vol­un­teer­ing their ser­vices to carry out re­pair and main­te­nance work on churches in the Cen­tral Bur­nett. Keith and Dell Giess (right) join Eidsvold lo­cals Jan Moss­man, Bessie Loakes and John Moss­man.

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