Thursday, May 11, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Volunteers Create Community Change

This year’s theme for National Volunteer Week is ‘The Change Makers’ – and that rings true for the very special people who drive positive change throughout the greater Sarina district.

Most successful not-for-profit and community organisations rely upon the time and enthusiasm of volunteers to stay effective. The selfless act of donating time impacts not only the organisation they volunteer for, but also their wider community.

Volunteers in Sarina and the surrounding areas are at the heart of community groups that help you or someone you know, each day.

Although we appreciate their efforts year-round, the upcoming National Volunteer Week (15-21 May) provides a chance for us all to say thank you for the countless efforts our locals make toward worthy causes.

Something else that is vital in supporting these volunteer groups is funding. Community Bank Sarina Bendigo Bank’s banking model is unique, in that up to 80% of local profits are contributed to community organisations, assisting volunteers to keep doing what can often be life-changing work.

Some of the groups that Community Bank Sarina has supported recently are:

• Sarina District School Chaplaincy Committee

• Sarina Surf Life Saving Club

• QCWA (Queensland Country Women’s Association) Sarina

• Koumala Progress Association

• Sarina Netball

• Breakaway Horse Riders Club

• Kidney Support Network (KSN)

• Mackay Community Visitors Association (MCVA)

• Mackay Animal Rescue Society (MARS)

• Meals on Wheels

• Men’s Shed Sarina

• Sarina Show Society

• P & Cs for St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Alligator Creek State School, Finch Hatton State School, Eungella State School

• Bakers Creek AFC

• Sarina Kennel Club

Community Bank Sarina recognises the work of volunteers in these groups and others in the region, and thanks them for playing a pivotal role in our community. Since opening in 2005, we have supported our greater community – including contributing $3.4 million across a range of community projects and initiatives. Thank you to our volunteers for making Sarina and district an even better place to live!

If you would like to support another crucial volunteer organisation – and have fun doing it – register today for the Cruisin’ the Coast Sarina Beach Fun Run. Happening on May 21, this event is a major fundraiser for Sarina Surf Life Saving Club (SSLC), which provides a vital volunteer service to keep us safe in the water. This event is suitable for all ages with multiple distances, like a 1km walk/run for kids, the 3km, 5km, 10km walk/runs, or the 21.5km half marathon. Find out more at

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