Celebrating International Volunteer Day

Volunteering North Queensland celebrated International Volunteer Day in style last Tuesday.

Emceed by Jools Munro, the fast paced morning was filled with inspiring stories and highlights of individual’s volunteer placements, raffle prizes generously donated by Townsville businesses, a brainstorming session on ways to bring in more volunteers, presentation of Certificates of Appreciation and a delicious morning tea.

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a day to raise awareness of the important role volunteers play in responding to challenges facing the world. IVD is an opportunity to acknowledge, thank and shine a light on the important work of volunteers and the contributions they make to their communities around the world. Each year, hundreds of millions of people volunteer their time and skills to help improve the lives of others and make the world a better place.

Since January this year, VNQ has successfully referred more than 300 Volunteers to Not-for-Profit organisations around Townsville.

Volunteers in attendance were presented with Certificates of Appreciation by Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson, Member for Mundingburra Les Walker, Member of Hinchinbrook Nick Dametto, Councillor Margie Ryder representing Mayor Jenny Hill, alongside VNQ’s Manager, Josh Munro.

Lucky raffle winners were given an assortment of prizes thanks to Kingpin, Beurepairs, De Lokal, Fasta Pasta, Ede Events, Willows Shopping Centre, Reading Cinemas, Zambrero, Petbarn, Cowboys, The Ville, Lilly White, Bunnings, Hoggs Breath Café, Repco, Delta Office Solutions, Deanne & Scott King, and Supercheap Auto. 

Pierre and team from Thank You Coffee and Northreach Baptist Church offered free coffee throughout the morning, and food was provided bySandwich Express.

Thank you to you all; your support is very much appreciated.

Thank you, also, to all of the volunteers who helped setup for the day and the lovely food you made.  Your assistance made it a wonderful day for all.

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