‘The world cannot function without volunteers’
EVERY Tuesday for the past decade, Mundubbera resident Gaileen Wengel has given up a half-day to volunteer at the Blue Care Community Centre.
She helps prepare morning tea and organise activities for elderly and disabled clients of the biweekly respite service.
The former community nurse said she had always enjoyed working with the elderly and she gained a “sense of satisfaction” from giving back to the community.
“The world cannot function without volunteers,” she said.
Ms Wengel said there was a “camaraderie” between all the volunteers at Blue Care, who last week – coinciding with International Volunteers Day on December 5 – were issued awards to recognise the contribution they made to the organisation.
Aside from Ms Wengel, Lauren Wallis, Barbara van Elst, Evelyn Greiner, Paul Carlyon and the Mundubbera Uniting Church were all issued awards of appreciation at a morning tea.
North Burnett Regional Council was represented by councillors John Bowen and John Zahl.
“Blue Care volunteers help in a variety of practical ways and support the service to deliver its mission,” service manager Melinda McIntyre said.
Aside from assisting with meals and activities at the centre, volunteers also provide friendship to clients, help write client stories to be published, and promote the centre by creating awareness of its services.
At the 2016 census, 27 per cent of respondents in the North Burnett recorded they were volunteers, eight percentage points higher than the rest of regional Queensland (19.1 per cent).