20 May National Volunteer Week Profile – Meet Andrew
National Volunteer Week, May 17 – 23, is Australia’s largest annual 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.
Looking for an opportunity to give back?
Visit www.gladstoneregionvolunteering.com.au to find local volunteer work.
A PASSION for fishing is what led Andrew Davis to make the move from long-term Hookp participant and sponsor to volunteer.
“You’ve got to enjoy what you do to be a volunteer,” Andrew, who is a qualified Marine Engineer and a former fishing charter owner-operator, said.
“I loved the event as a competitor and wanted to give back by helping out behind the scenes.
“Without people getting involved, community events like the HookUp wouldn’t be possible.”
Andrew, who is married with three adult children, said finding time to volunteer could be challenging sometimes.
“The committee works on the HookUp all year round, we’ve already had our first meeting to start planning for 2022,” he said.
“You’re volunteering weekends and evenings, around work and family commitments, but the entire committee is very committed.
“We know how important the event is to the community and we want to see it continue to be a success.”
A competitor and sponsor for 26 years and a volunteer for four years, Andrew said he has enjoyed every bit of his time with the HookUp.
“I would definitely recommend it to everyone, whether you have an interest in fishing or not,” he said.
“Some of our volunteers just love the community atmosphere of the HookUp, they know a lot of people look forward to the event every year and that’s what drives them to keep going.”
The Boyne Tannum HookUp is Australia’s largest family fishing competition.
For more information on how you can get involved visit www.boynetannumhookup.com.au.