VOLUNTEERS GO ABOVE AND BE­YOND

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Lacee Froeschl [email protected]­news.com.au

ARMIES of volunteers show their true colours on the march to­ward the fed­eral elec­tion, sup­port­ing their lo­cal can­di­dates through thick and thin.

Pre­par­ing for this year’s fed­eral elec­tion has not been an easy task for Lib­eral MP for Fisher An­drew Wallace.

His mis­sion to cap­ture the hearts of the Fisher elec­torate ma­jor­ity again has taken great ef­fort.

But man­ning pre-poll sta­tions, core­flut­ing and fi­nal­is­ing the plan of at­tack takes tal­ent and time from more than just a one-man band.

In fact, Mr Wallace said his tal­ented vol­un­teer army of more than 350 helped him pro­vide grass­roots pres­ence across the elec­torate.

Keith and Myrl Allison are among those true blue Lib­eral sup­port­ers who have given up count­less hours and braved the rain, wind and cold morn­ings for a cause they be­lieve in whole­heart­edly.

“We’re just help­ing the com­mu­nity,” Mrs Allison said. “We want Fisher to be great for ed­u­ca­tion in schools and re­tirees. (So) we’re there for what­ever is re­quired at the time – whether it’s core­flut­ing, be­ing on lis­ten­ing posts help­ing An­drew, go­ing to meet­ings or be­ing his cheer squad.”

The re­tired pair agreed they had no plans of rest­ing too much as they were on the home stretch to the fed­eral elec­tion this Satur­day.

“We be­lieve in what we be­lieve so we sup­port our think­ing,” Mrs Allison said.

“We’re very proud we can be volunteers... be­cause it’s im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Wallace said he was “blessed” to have an en­tire dream team with “hearts of gold”.

“This has been like a mil­i­tary ma­noeu­vre,” Mr Wallace said.

“(The) volunteers have given any­where be­tween three hours to three years of their life to the cam­paign. And they don’t get paid ... they don’t get any­thing out of it, than their wish.”

PHOTO: LACEE FROESCHL

CAM­PAIGN: More than 350 volunteers have worked tire­lessly with Mem­ber for Fisher An­drew Wallace on his cam­paign.

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