GIVING BACK: Charleville SES volunteers after receiving their certificates for becoming floodboat operators.
GIVING BACK: Charleville SES volunteers after receiving their certificates for becoming floodboat operators.

Recognising those who dedicate their time to giving back

TRAINING 14 new volunteers to be floodboat operators in the SES is something that David Bennett believes is crucial in keeping Queensland Fire and Emergency Services afloat.

Area Controller of south western region, Bennett believes that volunteers learning the essential skills of how to rescue people from water is invaluable in saving lives.

"The amount of time and dedication they put in to give back to the community and keep them safe is phenomenal,” he said.

"We try to empower our instructors as much as we can because putting them in high-risk situations can be dangerous and they're doing it without being paid a cent.”

While v are slowly on their way back up after the dry season, we could always use with some more.”

If you are interested in becoming a SES volunteer please contact 45780050.

Similarly, co-ordinator of Charleville St Vincent de Paul, Katrina Lehmann at believes volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation and its people like Allison Moffatt who go above and beyond.

"The shop wouldn't exist without volunteers, we are so, so grateful to them,” she said.

"Allison absolutely deserves to be recognised. She's the most amazing person.”

Ms Moffatt was awarded an award for her outstanding dedication and service to the Society after her and offsider, Toni Delforce helped fund farmers in need who were significantly affected by drought.

"A lot of the farmers were trying to battle through themselves but were really grateful for the extra help.”

"Being born and bred on the land I know what its like to experience tough times in drought, so its something close to my heart.”

"I just love to help people and give back wherever I can.”


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