Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Society Benefits from Volunteers; People Rewarded for Helping Others

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Society Benefits from Volunteers; People Rewarded for Helping Others

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NO ONE likes someone who's only in it for the money.

I mean, people who try to make a living by robbing banks are generally frowned upon in modern society.

Greg Inglis didn't win many fans when he ditched more NRL clubs than we even knew existed in his quest for more dollars.

And the only C[pounds sterling]friendsC[yen] you see walking down the Queen Street mall alongside fat bankers are probably only in search of a C[pounds sterling]friendly donationC[yen] for themselves in the first place.

I'm not going to sit here pretending the weight of your hip pocket doesn't count for anything. Each time payday rolls around, I constantly find myself welcoming it with, C[pounds sterling]Where have you been? I've been waiting for you for weeks!C[yen] Well, two Co but weeks nonetheless.

Don't get me wrong; money is important. It's just that, contrary to popular belief, it's not what makes the world go round.

It's what goes on after clock-off that keeps our planet spinning.

Imagine life without volunteer organisations. What sort of non-rotating world would we live in?

Queensland flood victims would still be shovelling mud out of their living rooms for a start, and the CWA's trademark scones are never going to bake themselves.

But it's not just society that reaps the benefits. I don't think they'd mind me saying, but I'm sure the volunteers get their fair share out of it too.

Be it the buzz of singing your heart out on stage in front of hundreds of people, or simply the satisfaction in seeing a frown turn upside down. What could possibly be more rewarding?

Take, for example, a theatre company Co a theatre company that presents around six high-quality seasons of productions a year. After each of these shows, hundreds of thoroughly impressed patrons finally finish their applause and desperate requests for encores before flooding through the auditorium doors to tell their friends what a great night they had at the theatre. …

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