Noosa Council will celebrate its hard-working community volunteers on December 2 with a free picnic brunch and entertainment at Noosaville Lions Park on Gympie Terrace.
The International Volunteers Day festivities will run from 9am to 11am, with volunteers treated to live music, canoe trips on the river and an opportunity to catch up with other volunteers to celebrate the 2022 theme of ‘Solidarity through volunteering’.
One such volunteer is Gail McBurney, President of Tewantin Heritage and Historical Society. Ms McBurney said she had been volunteering for 25 years with the society and her love of community has grown exponentially during this time.
“I love helping people which is what we are doing here at Parkyn’s Hut,” she said.
“I also love connecting with people, working with the community, and making so many friends over the past 25 years. I love engaging with the locals as well. And watching people reconnect and catch up,” added Ms McBurney.
The Society is not short on enthusiastic volunteers and they are happy to showcase how to give back to the community.
“Having an event that celebrates volunteers is even a greater encouragement to all of us and hopefully future generations as well,” Ms McBurney said.
Noosa Council’s Community Development Coordinator, Cheryl Pattison, said Noosa was lucky to have such a wonderful group of selfless, giving people.
“Noosa is known as an incredibly giving community because of people who put others first, especially in times of need and the recent floods are testament to this,” she said.
“The response to the floods showcased our strong, inclusive community and highlighted the importance of the volunteers of our dedicated service providers.”
All Noosa community volunteers are welcome to attend the event. Attendees are advised to bring a picnic blanket or a chair.