A smorgasbord of roles at the first Volunteer Expo

Strong winds, big seas, ripping current, a loaded trawler drifting without power – it’s a familiar rescue scenario for volunteer Charles Linsley.

Mr Linsley is a skipper with Volunteer Marine Rescue Mackay.

And while not every would-be volunteer is after adventure on the high seas, there will be hundreds of different roles on offer at Mackay’s first Volunteer Expo this Sunday (May 7).

The goal of the Expo is to match potential volunteers to roles that suit them, their time constraints and their talents.

In fact, according to Community Engagement Committee chair Cr Fran Mann, there will be a role to suit everyone in the community.

“Whether you want to be inside or outside and whether you want to help people, animals, the environment or the community, there will be something at the Expo for you,” Cr Mann said.

“And is doesn’t matter if you have a few days a week spare or just a few hours each year,” she said.  

The first ever Mackay Volunteer Expo will be held at the Senior Citizens Centre and on the Civic Precinct lawns.

Running from 10am to 2pm, 51 volunteer organisations will be onsite showcasing roles available within their operations.

“Many people think volunteering is just for retirees,” Cr Mann said.

“That’s not the case at all.  

“There are exciting opportunities for young people looking to upskill themselves and build their resumes as well as stay-at-home mums and dads looking for a social activity during school hours.”

Mr Linsley, who will be at the Expo with a VMR rescue vessel, is passionate about the benefits of volunteering.

“Many volunteer organisations, like VMR, are registered training organisations, so you can learn valuable skills and even gain industry-recognised accreditations,” Mr Linsley said.

“On top of that, you have the chance to make a very real difference in your community and directly help people in times when they need it most.

“There’s a very real feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping someone out of what can potentially be a very unsafe situation.”

Even if you don’t fancy yourself as a potential volunteer, there is plenty at the Expo for families:

  • Native plant giveaways
  • Mackay Tourism’s mobile Visitor Information Centre
  • Mackay Surf Lifesaving’s “pluck a duck” activity for the kids and CPR demonstration
  • Free engraving of goods by the Volunteers in Policing group
  • See the Rural Fire Brigade’s fire engine
  • Pat some cute kittens with the RSCPA volunteers

Food and drink will be available for purchase.

For more information, go to council’s website or follow Mackay Regional Council on Facebook.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 02 May 2017