Volunteer Expo offers a role to suit anyone

Published: 24 Apr 2023

According to Yvette Jeffs, nothing picks you up when you are down like doing a good deed for those in need.

In Yvette’s case, “those in need” are injured and orphaned wildlife – wallabies, kangaroos, pademelons, possums, birds and other down-on-their-luck natives.

Yvette, a senior carer with the Australian Wildlife Rescue Service, will be bringing some of those rescued animals to the 2023 Mackay Volunteer Expo at the Big Shed in the Mackay Showgrounds.

The expo will be held on Sunday, May 7, from 9am to noon.

“We love the Volunteer Expo,” Mrs Jeffs said.

“Last year we signed on six new wildlife carers and spoke to heaps of people,” she said.

“We can’t wait to see everyone there again this year and we are always looking for more volunteers.”

Mrs Jeffs said becoming a wildlife carer didn’t require any special skillsets.

“New carers are partnered with a senior carer as a mentor, and we usually start them off with easier animals, like a possum or bird,” she said.

Mayor Greg Williamson said council created the expo as a way to improve community connectivity.

“We can connect more than 700 prospective volunteers with upwards of 50 volunteer-run organisations at this event,” Mayor Williamson said.

“The Volunteer Expo is a sensational opportunity for not-for-profit organisations to showcase the amazing work they do for our community,” he said.

“Likewise, it is a great chance for residents from all walks of life to discover what a volunteer role can bring to their lives.

“If you are new to the workforce, a volunteer role is amazing for upskilling and building a resume, and if you’re new to our region, volunteering is a tremendous way to build a circle of friends.

“For retirees, volunteering is a great way to stay active, socialise and share skills with those who have similar interests.”

Entry to the Mackay Volunteer Expo is free.

For more information, follow Mackay Volunteers Expo 2023 on Facebook.

Stallholder applications are still open. Head to mackay.qld.gov.au/volunteerexpo to apply.

The 2023 Mackay Volunteer Expo is an initiative of Mackay Regional Council and is proudly supported by Mackay and Whitsunday Life, ABC Tropical North and Seven Mackay.