Queensland’s Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network – QRRRWN - says that this week we need each community across Queensland to acknowledge the terrific contribution made by volunteers who bring to life every day the traditional bush values of pitching in and helping your mates. The Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network recognises and celebrates what volunteers give to communities across the length and breadth of Queensland.
Alison Mobbs, QRRRWN President, from Longreach, puts it bluntly. ‘In our 3R (rural, regional and remote) communities, volunteers are the invisible knitting that holds it all together. Many communities would quite simply unravel were volunteers to stop giving their time, efforts and energy.”
Ms Mobbs urges that we stop and think about this enormous gift volunteers give us. “Whether it’s schools, sporting clubs, men’s sheds, aged care, support for people with mental or physical health challenges, the services keeping communities safe, happy and comfortable rely on the work of volunteers.
“In National Volunteer Week QRRRWN wants to acknowledge this contribution. We want communities to be conscious of how our volunteers enable us to connect, network and inspire women throughout rural regional and remote Queensland.” said Ms Mobbs.
“Charters Tower farmer Kylie Stretton, who was the winner of QRRRWN’s 2014 Strong Women Leadership Award for volunteering who is a founder of the Ask An Aussie Farmer initiative (AAAF) is a prime example,” says the QRRRWN President.
“Kylie saw that something needed to be done to connect people in the city with Australian primary producers. She didn’t wait, she took the initiative and jumped in herself. Kylie has become an outstanding advocate for rural communities and for women in those communities.”
Kylie Stretton from outside Charters Towers says that volunteering with QRRRWN and her efforts through Ask An Aussie Farmer have enabled her to make meaningful connections with people from right across Australia. “It’s hard work but is a truly rewarding experience that gives me a real kick,” said Kylie.
“The contribution of volunteers can sometimes be invisible and underappreciated so it is great that in National Volunteer Week we recognise what they give to sustaining rural, regional and remote communities.”
Alison Mobbs said, “QRRRWN’s Strong Women Leadership Awards for 2015 have recently opened. We hope people reading this will think about nominating women in their communities whose efforts should be more widely known and recognised. Information about the Strong Women Leadership Awards 2015 is available via our website.
Contacts: QRRRWN President - Alison Mobbs 0458 888976 email@example.com
Kylie Stretton - (07) 4787-4174 ; (mob) 0427 158 145 firstname.lastname@example.org;