International Volunteers Day
This year’s International Volunteer Day theme is Solidarity through Volunteering. Our volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, are from the age of 10 to 87 and represent over 84 different nationalities.
Gymnastics Program Volunteer
12-year-old Amalie is one of a growing number of young volunteers putting their hand up to help at their local PCYC club. Amalie is heavily into gymnastics at PCYC Caboolture and is now a volunteer for the program.
Her mum, Marie, says Amalie’s confidence and self-esteem has blossomed since she began volunteering and can’t speak highly enough of her coaches Collette Watmough and Ryan McCarthy who have encouraged and mentored her on her journey.
Amalie is now working towards her coaching qualification when she is eligible next year.
Thank you Amalie!
Braking the Cycle program Volunteer Mentor Driver
Paul Wright started his PCYC Queensland volunteering story in 2017 through PCYC Toowoomba. He has 9300 volunteer hours and has helped 150 participants graduate the program. Paul is passionate about volunteering to make a positive difference to the lives of young people.
“Knowing that by volunteering my time, I have helped young Queenslanders gain a licence is very powerful to me, and I enjoy seeing our program participants develop both as drivers and people.”
“Often, the young people I am helping are quite shy when they begin driving, but as time goes on, they become more confident both in their driving skills and themselves and start to come out of their shell. It’s amazing to watch this happen, and know you played a small part in helping build their confidence.”
The influence volunteers like Paul have on the young drivers they help has a long-lasting impact, with Paul sharing his most memorable moment from his time as a Braking the Cycle volunteer.
“I was walking through the local shopping centre when I saw a participant I had taken to get her licence. She was with her young daughter and told me that having her licence had changed her life. She looked at her daughter and said, “This is the man who helped Mummy get her driver’s licence”. Her daughter then gave me a big smile and hug, and hearing about the positive impact I had made through volunteering was one of the best feelings I have ever experienced.
“Additionally, volunteering keeps me both physically and mentally active, which is an added bonus!”
Thank you Paul!
Marketing & Fundraising Intern
Julian was coming up to the end of his tertiary studies when he decided to gain industry experience through working in our Marketing & Fundraising team. He had some wonderful things to say about his experience and the PCYC Queensland team.
“Thankyou to the Marketing & Fundraising team for welcoming me and giving me real world experience in our industry. Being part of one of Australia’s most reputable charities not only allowed me to learn, but contribute, develop and engage with the Queensland community through youth and community programs as well as supporting first nation peoples.
Truly a courageous and giving organisation and would highly recommend interning or volunteering and help build a safer, healthier community!”
We’re proud to say that Julian applied for a recently opened paid position within the team and was successful in his application. It’s fitting that his first day be today, on International Volunteers Day!
Thank you Julian and welcome aboard!