It's an outstanding effort
TOGETHER they have volunteered with the Coast Guard for 84 years.
The hours they have clocked up individually is just as impressive and on Friday, leading coxswains Bevan Thoroughgood and John Macfarlane, along with coxswain Kevin Woodgate, were acknowledged for their long-time service to coastal and boating communities.
Bevan and Kevin had each given 35 years of service and John 14-and-a-half years.
Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss attended the QF17 base at Tin Can Bay to present National Volunteer Awards to the trio, whose long-standing commitment to the Coast Guard had been fundamental in keeping the organisation "afloat".
GF17 commander Harley Moss said their staunch support for the Coast Guard spoke volumes for their dedication to the marine rescue organisation that began serving the boating community in the Gympie/Cooloola region in 1976.
"If you look at the three award recipients we have a total of 84.5 years of active Coast Guard service. Imagine the times these three members have put their welfare on the line, all in the cause of saving and assisting boaties in peril," Commander Moss said.
More than 30 QF17 members attended the presentation of the awards, at which Mr Truss spoke briefly of the meaning of volunteering and the great benefits to both community and volunteers alike.
The three recipients received a certificate, an Australian coin specially minted for the occasion and a special release Australian stamp in a commemorative folder.