26 June, 2021
Volunteers make big difference
WHILE volunteering can make a difference and lead to new skills, a Mackay local said he loves meeting new people.
St Vincent De Paul Society Mackay regional president Frank Gilbert said it was the people he meets which really inspires him.
But he also learns a lot about himself as well.
His 30-plus years of volunteering have made him
realise that “everyone has something to offer”.
Mr Gilbert said that last Monday they had 15 volunteers help distribute groceries to some of Mackay’s most vulnerable residents.
He said the Family Support Centre is open Mon
day, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 11.30am.
“We give them grocery cards, groceries, some
times we provide them a fuel voucher, we pay their
pharmaceutical things,” Mr Gilbert said.
“We also have people who go out ... to deliver
Currently, the society is looking for more volunteers to continue to help make a difference to Mack
ay’s homeless or at risk people.
“As a voluntary
organisation, we depend on volunteers.When you have volunteers, you
can’t necessarily expect them to work regular hours,” Mr
“Some of our people are retired, so they go away
for part of the year. It’s a hard thing to manage.
“So the more volunteers the more successful we
can be, but I don’t think people quite realise the extent of what we do in Mackay.”
He said the many op shops and warehouses they
run in Mackay help generate their income.
“We’re always looking for volunteers to work in
the store and at the warehouse,” he said.
“We got two stores actually – by people donating goods to us, clothing and so on ... by selling that, some of which we do give away, that generates in - come to support our other activities.”