When you hear the word volunteer, visions of hair nets and soup kitchens may spring to mind but in Brisbane, volunteering is as fun as you make it.
To help celebrate National Volunteers Week (11-17 May), and get you community minded, we’ve come up with five feel-good ways to give back and get involved.
So, if you find yourself wasting the weekends watching Netflix (don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good series binge as much as the next person). However, in the split second before you press play on the next episode you think, “I really should do something productive with my time!”
Give a thought to giving back and sign up for a volunteering program at this week’s charity events around town.
1.Volunteer for the RSPCA Million Paws Walk
Calling all dog lovers…this one is a no brainer! If you’ve got the time and you want to make some new friends (of the furry persuasion) while supporting one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit animal welfare programs, then this is for you.
The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is held at various locations across Brisbane and needs close to 300 volunteers to fill a wide range of roles. Puppy cuddles are required.
2.Volunteer at the various Music Festivals
Everything is better when it’s free and after a few hours of lending a much needed helping hand at a music festival, the feel-good vibes will be well and truly buzzing.
The Australian Red Cross is looking for volunteers to operate the Save-A-Mate (SAM) chill-out space at various music festivals. You will sit with people who may be under the weather, offer them a water, a snack, or even just some reassurance until they feel better. This will also score you free admission to these festivals and the main show. Major perk!
Interested? Visit the Red Cross website
3.Support the sick kids at “Juiced TV”
We are all about TV presenter, Pip Russell. What she is doing for sick kids at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane is nothing short of inspiring (you go girlfriend)!
Pip has created the Juiced TV program, which is a 25-minute television program made by kids for kids. This program is an effort to bring these little patients happiness with a little touch of stardom.
In the past, celebrities like Johnny Depp, Samantha Jade, sporting stars and TV presenters have made guest appearances to put a smile on these kids’ faces and you can help too!
Contact them here: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Voluntourism – saving the turtles on Fraser Island
This one combines travel and helping animals, so if they aren’t your thing I’d suggest skipping to the next point. That said, who doesn’t love the thought of helping little turtles?
From November through to early April, loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on Fraser Island, and volunteers are required to relocate the eggs to higher ground to keep them safe.
Aw! Don’t worry - first time egg handlers will be taught all there is to know about the special egg moving procedure by experienced volunteers and rangers.
Check out this link to sign up
5.The Vogue of volunteering
Op shops are awfully misunderstood places. These shops are great for vintage treasures, they are the mecca of pre-loved pieces and you’ll be helping to raise money for people in need of relief in times of crisis.
The Red Cross has op shops all over Brisbane, so I’m sure you’ll find one near you to lend a hand. A minimum of just four hours a week is all it takes to help provide months of respite for someone in the community. The bonus – you'll probably even get first dibs on the latest clothing drops!
For more details visit here
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Need more convincing? Aside from the obvious warm and fuzzies you’ll get by helping those in need, studies show that volunteers live longer lives, and are generally healthier and happier people. Helping others helps you!