“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill
As part of National Volunteers Week it is vital to acknowledge that we can all play an important part in the community in which we live. Whether it be giving up our time to help those in our neighbourhood, volunteering at our local sporting or surf club or simply lending at hand for a community group, we can all make an impact in the lives of others by sharing our knowledge and skills.
Volunteers contribute to creating a close-knit community with many networks developed and strengthened through the volunteering process.
We have many unsung heroes in our Grammar community who often go out of their way to contribute to their local community. Our Dean of Primary Years 3-6, Mr Craig Angel is a long-serving active member at the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club who believes that without volunteers many services would simply not exist.
What benefits do receive from volunteering in the community?
As a volunteer, I not only get satisfaction from the service we provide on the beach and in emergency situations, but also in the friendships that we develop as part of the surf lifesaving movement. My family and I have established many friendships as a result of our involvement in surf lifesaving.
What qualities do you believe are important when volunteering?
A commitment to serve the cause you are volunteering for to the best of your ability.
What is your favourite memory created through volunteering?
My favourite memory is looking across the beach and seeing my family and I contributing to such an iconic organisation and a cause we value so much as part of our lifestyle in Queensland.