True vol­un­teers

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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