Vol­un­teer show­case is on in Bay to­day

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - CARLIE WALKER Carlie.Walker@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

VOL­UN­TEER­ING is the most Aus­tralian thing you can do.

That’s the opin­ion of Fraser Coast Coun­cil­lor Rolf Light, who is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to head along to the Ev­ery Hand Helps Vol­un­teer Expo, to be held in City Park in Charles St, Pialba, to­day.

More than 50 com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions are ex­pected to show­case the var­i­ous roles that are on offer dur­ing the event, which will be held be­tween 9am and 1pm.

Dur­ing that time, those who are in­ter­ested in help­ing out their com­mu­nity can come along and find out which groups in­ter­est them the most.

From the State Emer­gency Ser­vice to the re­gion’s ru­ral fire brigades, there will be plenty of op­tions on offer dur­ing the event.

Cr Light said as well as be­ing a chance to re­cruit new peo­ple to their causes, it was also an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the vol­un­teers al­ready mak­ing the com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live.

Last year, more than 500 peo­ple at­tended the event and more than 100 peo­ple made the com­mit­ment to vol­un­teer and Cr Lighat an or­gan­i­sa­tion as a re­sult of the expo.

“Ev­ery year it as­tounds us,” Cr Light said.

“It’s Aus­tralian. It’s part of our DNA to vol­un­teer.”

and Cr Light was con­fi­dent this year would be he same.

He said the first Aus­tralian sol­diers to fight in World War I were vol­un­teers.

“It’s part of our cul­ture,” he said.

He said across the na­tion, vol­un­teers did more than $10 bil­lion worth of un­paid work each year.

“If it wasn’t for vol­un­teers we wouldn’t have a so­ci­ety as good as what we have now,” Cr Light said.

“It’s a per­sonal choice but what it can give peo­ple is com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and com­mu­nity spirit.

“It’s a con­tri­bu­tion back to the com­mu­nity.

“You couldn’t put a dol­lar value on it.”

Mayor-elect Ge­orge Sey­mour said the expo was a great chance for lo­cal peo­ple to bet­ter serve our com­mu­nity.

“Vol­un­teer­ing is a great way to get in­volved in the com­mu­nity and con­trib­ute,” he said.

“It also builds skills and ex­pe­ri­ence while mak­ing new friends.”

En­try to the expo is free. There will be a jump­ing cas­tle and other ac­tiv­i­ties to en­ter­tain the kids. Groups in­ter­ested in hold­ing a dis­play can call the coun­cil on 1300 794 929.

Photo: Carlie Walker

DO­ING THEIR BIT: Rhonda Catling, Jac­inta Pad­gett and Eris Duffy at Mary­bor­ough’s Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre. Rhonda and Eris are vol­un­teers and Jac­inta is a staff mem­ber.

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