Local surf clubs, charities and veteran organisations are among 20 southern Gold Coast community groups which will share in a funding injection of almost $60,000 from the Morrison Government, to support the work of volunteers.
Member for McPherson Karen Andrews MP said successful organisations will receive grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to purchase small equipment items, or to cover the cost of fuel, training and other needs of their valuable volunteers.
“Volunteers play a critical role in assisting locals and the wider community, often dipping into their own pockets to cover costs,” Mrs Andrews said.
“From patrolling our famous beaches, delivering food to vulnerable residents in isolation and helping out with weekend sport, they are all local champions.”
Mrs Andrews said while the work of our volunteers may be unpaid, it is not unrecognised, and the funding injection coincides with National Volunteer Week being celebrated this week.
“The contribution of volunteers is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience.”
Local organisations, including Fight4Youth, Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads and the Hinterland Community Band will use their funding to provide fuel vouchers to their volunteers, while Mudgeeraba Uniting Church, Currumbin Dragons Paddling Club and Palm Beach SLSC will offer First Aid training.
You can find a full list of successful McPherson organisations here.
Nationally, volunteering has an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion. National Volunteer Week runs from 18-24 May. You can get involved in the online activities by visiting the Volunteering Australia website.