National Volunteer Week Profile – Meet Bob

National Volunteer Week Profile – Meet Bob

National Volunteer Week, May 17 – 23, is Australia’s largest celebration of volunteers.


Each year almost six million volunteers dedicate over 600 million hours to help others.

We’ve profiled five local volunteers from five different groups as a way of saying thank you to those who keep our community running.

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YOU’LL know Bob Pailthorpe by sight, if not in-person then definitely by the bright yellow van, with Gladstone PA Service on the side, that he drives around town.

At 79 years of age, Bob has been volunteering for close to 60 years, and shows no sign of slowing down.

Over the years Bob has helped many businesses and organisations in our community from ANZAC Parades to the Mount Larcom Show, the Boyne Tannum HookUp to the Gladstone Harbour Festival, 4CC with their outside broadcasts and of course Gladstone News.

He is a great asset to the GN Team helping with putting up our coflutes around the region every fortnight, and other delivery runs as needed.

Bob started out volunteering early, in the 1950s he joined the Rural Youth organisation, while simultaneously helping his Dad with the local Ambulance Committee.

He used to do everything from washing ambulances to selling raffle tickets and chook wheels.

This year Bob received Gladstone Regional Council’s Community Volunteer Award at the 2021 Australia Day Awards in recognition of his contribution as a volunteer.

Bob’s advice to those thinking about volunteering was simple.

“Do it, don’t think about it,” he said.

“Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today.”