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Hundreds flock to volunteer expo

Rural Fire Service Volunteers at the Byron Shire Volunteer Expo on Tuesday (September 16). Photo Cherie Bromley

Rural Fire Service Volunteers at the Byron Shire Volunteer Expo on Tuesday (September 16). Photo Cherie Bromley

Tim Winton-Brown

The third Byron Shire Volunteer Expo on Tuesday was an outstanding success with over 200 locals learning more about important organisations that exist only due to the valuable contributions of their volunteers.

Byron Community Centre’s volunteer co-ordinator and the expo’s key organiser, Cherie Bromley, was thrilled by the community response and the connections that were made at the event, which brought together an exciting and motivated group of people and Byron-based organisations.

‘It’s been a brilliant day – simply brilliant,’ Ms Bromley said.

The Friends Of Koala stall at the Byron Shire Volunteer Expo on Tuesday (September 16). Photo Cherie Bromley

The Friends Of Koala stall at the Byron Shire Volunteer Expo on Tuesday (September 16). Photo Cherie Bromley

Byron mayor Simon Richardson opened the day along with Community Centre GM Paul Spooner.

But the event officially kicked off thanks to the Byron Elder Beats drumming up the ceremonial bang to begin the day from the Community Centre verandah.

‘It was great to see so many vibrant wonderful organisations in the Byron Community Centre creating connections and recruiting new volunteers,’ Mr Spooner said.

There was even a red carpet, with the Byron Bay International Film Festival rolling out their best dressed to entice people to get involved.

Film Festival director J’aimee Skippon-Volke was thrilled to bring a little of the film festival’s fabulousness to the expo, honouring volunteers with their red carpet role.

‘Without the power of volunteers, the Byron Bay International Film Festival would struggle to present an event of its scale and magnitude,’ Ms Skippon-Volke said.

‘There are a lot of connections made for our volunteers each year – and we actually have a KPI around the friendships made. That’s the KPI that we always meet well before the Opening Night,’ she said.

If you missed the expo this year, there is a list of the organisations that took part with their contact details of how to get involved available from the Byron Community Centre reception desk.

The SES stall at the Byron Shire Volunteer Expo on Tuesday (September 16). Photo Cherie Bromley

The SES stall at the Byron Shire Volunteer Expo on Tuesday (September 16). Photo Cherie Bromley

 


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