Closing in on a milestone
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.”
Marylou Drew has been a volunteer for the Port Douglas football club for nine years.