Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Last week, from May 15-21, was National Volunteer Week, Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering. Mackay is full of not-for-profit organisations and selfless people who donate their time to keep them running and these people were acknowledged throughout the week, as they should be every day of the year.
On pages 16 and 17, you’ll find the stories of some of these organisations in our community. You’ll also find our weekly listing of volunteer positions currently available. If you have some spare time on your hands, I implore you to peruse these stories, find an organisation that aligns with your interests and get in touch about volunteering.
As a budding creative industries practitioner, my university years were filled with volunteering roles. My resume lists a variety of backstage and bar experiences at music festivals, internship tenures and freelance writing gigs to pump up that all-important portfolio. I currently volunteer at local community radio station 4CRM. While my show may only go for an hour, I probably dedicate about five hours a week to preparing the show and researching and sourcing songs. It’s my way of growing my experience and, even if it doesn’t lead to paid employment in radio, it’s really fun and I hope I always have the opportunity to contribute to community radio no matter where I am in life. Tune into my show ‘The Prekend’ on 4CRM 107.5FM on Thursdays from 8pm if you’re interested.
Whether it’s diversifying your skills and learning new things or meeting new people and finding a sense of community, there are innumerable benefits to volunteering, so get out there and give it a crack.