Clos­ing in on a mile­stone

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Mark Mur­ray

PORT Dou­glas Crocs vol­un­teer Mary­lou Drew is clos­ing in on a decade of ser­vice. Ms Drew is a reg­u­lar at the foot­ball club’s home games and is the first per­son you’ll see en­ter­ing the ground.

The mother-of-four cheer­ily col­lects the en­try fee at the gate, never com­plain­ing and help co-or­di­nate so­cial events.

“I love it, the club has been awe­some to me since my son start­ing play­ing for them,” Ms Drew said.

“He is com­ing along so well and that is be­cause of the won­der­ful coaches and peo­ple within the club.

“It is a great place to be around and we get in­volved in the com­mu­nity.”

Her hard work since an­swer­ing an ad­vert for a gate­keeper in the nine years ago was recog­nised this year with an Out­stand­ing Longevity Vol­un­teer Award.

“I started on the gate prac­ti­cally when my youngest son, Aaron was born,” she said.

“There was an ad in the pa­per so I came down to try it. I’ve been do­ing it ever since,” she said.

“I used to just do the gate and go, but the club was just awe­some.”

She said vol­un­teer­ing and man­ag­ing kids Zakk 16, An­nalese 15, Za­hara 11 and Aaron 9 has be­come eas­ier since they all be­came in­volved with the club.

“When they were younger I had to get some­one to look af­ter them.

“Now my son, Aaron, lives and breathes footy, my daugh­ter helps out in the can­teen, even my mum comes down and helps.

“It’s one big fam­ily.”

Pic­ture: MARK MUR­RAY

Mary­lou Drew has been a vol­un­teer for the Port Dou­glas foot­ball club for nine years.

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