Volunteers change gears as jobs slow
SINCE two days after the cyclone hit, the Volunteer Whitsundays group has done more than 100 jobs through their daily working bees.
And, after hours of around the clock community work, their list of jobs is almost complete.
Heather Batrick said the volunteer group’s focus would now take a slight turn with daily workshops coming to an end.
“The number of jobs has now slowed down so its a positive thing that people are getting organised and neighbours are helping each other,” she said.
“On Sundays we will now help the Endeavour Foundation if they have any people who need anything for the next couple of Sundays.
“Through this whole event I’ve been going to people’s houses and I see how much this affects people emotionally, it has restored my faith in the community and human kind to see everyone coming to help.”
The Volunteer Whitsundays group has attracted a wide array of volunteers to support their cause, including the Cannonvale Telstra workforce who pitched in on Good Friday.
Ms Batrick said it was the people who didn’t ask for help who sometimes shone.
“The ones that stand out most are when people are really in need that don’t ask because someone asks on their behalf,” she said.
“I was working with an 80-year old gentleman named Keith who had a chainsaw and was trying to plod away at his garden.
“We were out with him to help and he fell over twice which was a concern.
“He was very happy to have us help,” she added.
“With the amount of devastation it would have taken him months by himself.”
Ms Batrick thanked everyone involved in the recovery process, both locally, and those who came to support the Whitsundays from places such as Townsville and Port Douglas.
“There are too many people to name, but certain volunteers come back every week to help out,” she said.
People in need of assistance are still encouraged to reach out to volunteers.
TEAM TELSTRA: Out in force assisting with Volunteer Whitsundays clean ups on Good Friday.