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Volunteers – The heartbeat of local communities

Volunteers – The heartbeat of local communities

I recently received a phone call from the Westowe Rural Fire Service on a Sunday afternoon notifying me of a bushfire adjacent to our site. I attended site and after discussing the situation with the crew it occurred to me that here were a group of volunteers giving up their weekend and time to help protect life and property. For this we are very appreciative.

I was also fortunate enough to spend a couple of nights watching the great entertainment at the Gladstone Harbour Festival back at Easter and the one thing I noticed was that the volunteers had a busy time making sure the event was the success it was.

Now it is relatively easy for companies to sponsor an event or group with money but much more difficult to donate time. That is where you can help.

The heartbeat of our communities are the groups, clubs and events that make these communities such a great place to live and without those volunteers we will lose this. If you have some time to spare, no matter how small it is, then contact a group, club or event and volunteer. As the saying goes: many hands make light work.

If you would like more information on volunteering for the Harbour Festival  – contact Leonie on (07) 4972 5111 at Gladstone Festival and Events and the QFES website for the Rural Fire Service