Awash with pride for our volunteers
AFTER our efforts last year on the two water stations for the Challenge Cairns event I was once again approached by the event management team and asked to co-ordinate the volunteers for both stations again this year.
For our support and assistance we receive funding for our club.
We use the funds we receive by putting them towards our annual Christmas Show “Carols Under the Stars” which is a free concert staged in Port Douglas.
On each station we had 30 volunteers who worked tirelessly all day supplying drinks and refreshments to the cyclists.
Quite a few of our volunteers from last year were so motivated by the experience they decided to compete this year.
Handing a bottle of water, a banana or an energy gel across to a cyclist who usually doesn’t slow down to less than 20km/h is an experience that can only be described as “exhilarating”.
These competitors are pushing their bodies beyond their limits and knowing we are there to assist them is incredibly rewarding.
Our crew at Port Douglas Academy of Performing Arts are like a family.
Friends and strangers also turned up this year to volunteer and I couldn’t be happier.
A group of local ladies cycled out to Thala to volunteer on water stations and to cheer local fitness trainer Nathan Sayed as he competed in the Ironman event.
Others, at both sites, were simply walking past, saw what was happening and offered their assistance.
At Thala, a mother and daughter who dropped by to say hello stayed the entire day.
Honestly, I urge everyone to volunteer for this event one day as the experience is unforgettable and incredibly rewarding.
This event brings thousands to our region. This year the numbers doubled as the event was so successful last year.
With the luck we had with the weather yesterday, I am expecting the same thing to happen again next year.
This year I believe many locals went to the effort of turning the road closures into a fun experience and had parties by the street to watch and cheer the competitors.
Great idea - that is what we need to continue doing for this event.
I am hoping to be recruiting volunteers again next year, but in the meantime I would like arrived and I explained he gave me no choice but to call the police.
He said he wouldn’t start the music at 5pm but wasn’t moving anything, and that they had no right to expect to have the ceremony in that area as they didn’t live here.
I immediately called the police and they were there in minutes. Sergeant Meadows and another policeman came and spoke to him and contacted the council.
In the end he allowed us to move one speaker, but left his table and chairs right where they were.
It was a very uncomfortable situation as more and more guests arrived.
I had to call the bride and ask her to delay her arrival for 10 minutes as we had a problem but were getting it sorted.
I was absolutely and totally stunned by this person’s nasty attitude and behaviour, particularly as I’d known him for so long. to send a huge thank you to all who volunteered, gave up their time and worked incredibly hard, you deserve a medal.
I would also like to congratulate all of the competitors as your efforts were outstanding, especially the local competitors and of course Nathan Sayed who I believe completed the Ironman in 12 hours and 25 minutes - unbelievable.
He himself has a stand at the local markets and surely relies on the income from tourists to support him. Tourism not only drives his car, it pays his bills and puts food on his table.
I wonder how Port Douglas will survive, and more importantly what kind of impression this leaves on the minds of 75 people who came here for this wedding.
We all want people to have a memorable and happy experience in Port Douglas and talk about it to others so they will come and enjoy the beauty of Port.
But it doesn’t matter how beautiful a place is, if they are treated with contempt by locals they won’t want to come back and even worse will think we’re unpleasant and don’t care for the tourists.
For everyone’s sake, treat others as you would like to be treated and we will all win.
Well-earned break: Ironman volunteers at Thala Beach on Sunday