Ma­rina’s plat­inum of­fer to vol­un­teers

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Sharon Small­wood sharon.small­wood@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

PAUL Dar­rouzet be­lieves there isn’t any greater con­tri­bu­tion you can make to a so­ci­ety than to vol­un­teer.

And last Thurs­day night, the Abell Point Ma­rina owner gave those who do so sav­ing lives at sea the ul­ti­mate re­ward.

As mem­bers of the Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue Whit­sun­day or­gan­i­sa­tion gath­ered at the ma­rina to cel­e­brate the ar­rival of their new boat, crew­man Mal Pri­day an­nounced a three-year plat­inum spon­sor­ship be­tween the ma­rina and the VMR.

Un­der the agree­ment the new res­cue ves­sel, called Abell Point Ma­rina VMR 1, is berthed in what Mr Pri­day de­scribed as “a very priv­i­leged po­si­tion” in the ma­rina, al­low­ing easy ac­cess for emer­gency ser­vices and crews.

“(And) there is also a cash com­po­nent to the spon­sor­ship which will greatly as­sist to cover op­er­at­ing costs and un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances,” Mr Pri­day said.

Mr Dar­rouzet said he firmly be­lieved the job of res­cu­ing peo­ple at sea should be done by gov­ern­ments.

“(But) they can’t fight ev­ery fire, they can’t help ev­ery per­son in need, they can’t res­cue ev­ery sin­gle per­son on the land or on the sea,” he said.

“So what hap­pens? We have vol­un­teers to do these things. You peo­ple give your time freely, it’s al­most an un­be­liev­able con­tri­bu­tion to our so­ci­ety and there are times when you put your life on the line to pro­tect and res­cue what nor­mally are to­tal strangers.”

Mr Dar­rouzet joked it could be eas­ily dubbed “all work and no pay”, not­ing: “you don’t ask for ac­co­lades and you don’t ask for re­wards”.

“We as a com­mu­nity ad­mire and re­spect your con­tri­bu­tion and Abell Point were happy to help. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing a long as­so­ci­a­tion with you and look­ing af­ter your beau­ti­ful new ves­sel,” he said.

PHOTO: SHARON SMALL­WOOD

PROUD SUP­PORTER: Abell Point Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet with one of VMR Whitsundays most ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, Tom Man­ning.

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