Council thanks volunteers for making a difference
  • Thursday 16 November 2017

International Volunteer Day on December 5 is a time to recognise the valuable contribution our volunteers make to the region.

Sunshine Coast Council will do just that when Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomes the region’s volunteers at a free Thank You Brunch at Lake Kawana Community Centre on Tuesday, December 5 from 9am to 1pm.

Mayor Jamieson said Sunshine Coast residents had a remarkable history of volunteering their time and giving back to the community life.

“On International Volunteer Day, council will sincerely thank all of our region’s wonderful volunteers for their community-minded efforts by inviting them to attend a free brunch,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Each year hundreds of volunteers enrich life on our Coast by supporting a diverse range of community organisations and council community programs and services.

“Events, programs, community organisations, disaster and emergency efforts are just some of the areas of service that depend on the freely given time, skill and passion of volunteers.”

Young entrepreneur Jak Hardy will speak at the Volunteer Brunch. This year, Jak was named the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year and represented Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network.

Guests attending the Volunteer Thank you Brunch will also be entertained by the remarkable talents of young classical guitarist, Mattahn McNair.

Mayor Jamieson said council’s adopted Social Strategy set a target of increasing the contribution of community members volunteering within our region from one in five to one in four and

“I am happy to say, the 2016 ABS statistics indicate 20.6% of our Sunshine Coast residents volunteer, showing we are on track to achieve the target,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“It is estimated that our region’s volunteers contribute to the equivalent of $245.5 million in unpaid wages which is equivalent to 4031 people working full-time donating their time to assist our community.

“From a council perspective, we are lucky to have more than 1600 volunteers donating their time in a range of areas including environment, adult literacy, Caloundra Regional Gallery, libraries and community events.

“On December 5 we will thank them for making a difference in our Sunshine Coast community.”

Event details

When: Tuesday, December 5
Time: 9am-1pm
Where: Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
Cost: Free
Details: Mayor Jamieson will officially thank the Sunshine Coast’s many volunteers, followed by a presentation by young entrepreneur Jak Hardy, free brunch and entertainment by classical guitarist Mattahn McNair.
Bookings: To register and to find out more details, visit council’s website and search ‘volunteering’.