AS A past president of the Whitsunday VMR, I felt compelled to respond to David Thomas’ letter (Progress at VMR,
Whitsunday Times, January 14). From reading David’s letter one could be left with the idea that VMR is wallowing in cash. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Approximately half of their expenses are covered by government and the rest are covered by the generous sponsorships and donations from the likes of the Airlie Beach Hotel, Fish D’vine, Rotary, The Lions and Whitsunday Regional Council.
Nobody in VMR is paid – it is a truly volunteer organisation.
David makes reference to a new vessel, sealing the car park and installing solar panels.
Having a safe and functional vessel is a given. Would you ask RACQ to provide their coverage without a vehicle?
The carpark resurfacing is being carried out by the council as part of the clean-up after installing the new rock wall.
The solar installation is part of the Government Green initiative and, in part, the cost is covered by grants to non-profit organisations.
VMR volunteers go out at all hours of the day and night, in all weathers to help yachties in need, act as an auxiliary police vessel and a water ambulance.
They are always grateful to have more volunteers and more donations. Without either there is no VMR to cover the 5,000 square miles of ocean that is the Whitsundays.
Terry Lawn Cannonvale