Vol­un­teers change gears as jobs slow

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TEAM TEL­STRA: Out in force as­sist­ing with Vol­un­teer Whit­sun­days clean ups on Good Fri­day.

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