Name: Melissa Daniels
Where do you volunteer? I am a member of the Rotary Club of Boyne-Tannum and I volunteer with Parkrun.
How long have you been volunteering there for? I have been with Rotary for almost four years and I started helping out at the Tannum Sands Parkrun this year.
Why do you choose to volunteer? I get a buzz knowing that I am making a positive contribution to our local community. There are so many events and activities that simply would not go ahead without people willingly dedicating their time to make them happen.
What is your favourite thing about volunteering? Aside from the ‘helper’s high’, I thoroughly enjoy connecting with different people and knowing that I am being part of a solution, especially when some global issues can seem so overwhelming. For example, the earthquake and tsunami on Sulwesi Island in September was unspeakably devastating, but Rotary International and Shelterbox are doing remarkable things to provide support, shelter and relief to those who have lost everything – I love being connected to that.
What would you say to encourage others to volunteer? I am the mother of two young boys and have a full-time job. Being able to volunteer is not always a matter of finding time – sometimes it is about finding the right volunteer opportunity. I love being a Rotarian because the club gives me the flexibility to be involved in projects when and how I can so that I am not overcommitting myself, yet I know that I am doing my small bit to make a difference in our world. Rotary is not just for men over fifty anymore! There are eight clubs in the Gladstone area, and we always love meeting new people who wish to be a part of local service and global action.