01 Feb MEET A LOCAL VOLUNTEER – CECILY BURKITT
Name – Cecily Burkett
Where do you volunteer?
Cecily volunteers with the Boyne Island Lions Club, and also volunteers as secretary of Boyne TannumArts Business Community (BTABC), secretary of the Beach Arts Music (BAM) and under the BTABC Umbrella Cecily is also secretary of the Turtle Way Art- Scape project. “The Turtle Way Art-Scape projects aims to establish icons in the area that depict our lifestyle. We have completed twelve of these icons in Boyne/Tannum. The latest instalment are the bollards at Wyndham Park. There are 18 bollards and these depict the story of the early settlers here,” Cecily said.
“For the last ten years I have also been organising the Boyne Island Low Vision Group. It is an opportunity for people with low vision or vision impairment to get out and be social with someone other than their carer at home. That is a very worthwhile cause. I am also very involved with the local Catholic Church,” Cecily added.
How long have you been volunteering there for?
“My late husband and I came to town 48 years ago, and he was very community-minded,” Cecily explained. “It was only when I retired in 2003 that I really had the time to get into full-time volunteering. It has always been a wonderful passion.”
Why do you choose to volunteer?
“This has been a most amazing community,” Cecily said. “When I retired I thought, wow, I have a bit of time to spare. Lions beckoned me and that is how it all started.”
What is your favourite thing about volunteering?
Cecily said it is an amazing feeling knowing you have put something back into the community. “You get so much satisfaction out of helping people.”
What would you say to encourage others to volunteer?
“Just give up a little bit of your time, the rewards are just amazing”