Volunteer showcase is on in Bay today
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.
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.