Invisible heroes to be recognised
THEY save us from fire and flood, they pick up our litter, they cook and deliver meals to the old and infirm, they care when nobody else has the time and without them, our society would grind to a stop.
They are the volunteers that hold our world together.
And on Monday, Gympie region and nearby Pomona will recognise about 200 of them, each nominated by admiring community members and fellow volunteers.
One woman has been nominated by three of the organisations she worked for. Another, aged in her 80s, has been volunteering for 25 years.
Another has been working for a prominent Gympie charity for eight years and has only had three days off work.
In Gympie city and nearby districts alone, 37 men and 81 women are among those nominated, along with eight married couples.
Their awards will be presented at Gympie Civic Centre from 9.30am Monday.
At Pomona, another 26 people, some couples, will be congratulated during an afternoon tea from 2pm at Pomona Community House.
The 26 nominees from the Cooloola Coast will be formally thanked from 10am Tuesday at Tin Can Bay CWA Hall.
National Volunteers Week, held in the third week of May, aims to recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution made by volunteers.
"This is the seventh year we will be celebrating local heroes in the Gympie electorate," MP David Gibson said.
"Volunteers do a great job providing services and support in the community and this is one way we can thank them for their outstanding efforts," he said.