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Nicqui Yazdi (third from right) with some of last year's Schoolies Hub volunteers. Photo contributed
HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi (third from right) with some of last year’s Schoolies Hub volunteers. Photo contributed

Do you play well with others? Particularly in the 17-19 age group? If you’re even just a few years older you may like to join the more than 100 happy helpers at the annual Byron Schoolies HUB.

The 2015 HUB volunteers recruitment drive starts at the shire’s annual Volunteers Expo at Byron Bay Community Centre next Thursday, (September 17).

Byron Bay is the number two destination for School leavers in Australia, only second to the Gold Coast.

The HUB helps to provide a safe zone for the estimated 8,000-10,000 school leavers who will be arriving in Byron Bay in November and December, to celebrate the end of Year 12, together with local youth who also choose to stay in Byron and celebrate the end of their school days here.

For many of the young visitors, this will be their first real holiday away from their homes and their families. The HUB is the place where they can access anything they may need during their stay in Byron, and more importantly, it also helps the local community, by giving these young visitors a central meeting point, activities, particularly at night, that helps to keep large numbers of the School-leavers in one place, particularly those under 18, safe under the watch of the Schoolies HUB Volunteers, the Red Frogs and the Police.

The HUB will be open 24 hours a day for 18 days from November 20, through to December 7. The HUB will be run by these 100 dedicated local volunteers in 4 hour shifts around the clock. The schoolies will be able to access water, first aid, resources, tourist and other information and of course smiling locals to help them with anything they may need for them enjoy their time in Byron Bay. The 2015 HUB Volunteers will be offered free training in Apply First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid, funded through a Partnerships Grant from the Australian Drug Foundation, to the BUDDI Community Drug Action Team.

All in all, there will be around 300 volunteers required between the locals and the Red Frogs assisting the Byron Schoolies Safety Response.

HUB Coordinator Nicqui Yazdi said that she was ‘overwhelmed and so grateful for the massive response from local businesses and residents, who raised nearly $20,000 in funds to put the initiative together.’

‘In 2015 we are hoping that the businesses of Byron will also get behind the work of the HUB and assist financially to make it all happen again this year. It takes a big community effort and Byron lead the way when it comes to volunteering and being community-minded.’ If you’d like to sponsor or contribute to the HUB, contact Nicqui on 0402013177.

To register to become a HUB Volunteer head along to the Byron Shire Volunteers Expo at the Community Centre this Thursday September 17 from 10am-3pm. Otherwise, you can collect registration forms from the Byron YAC at 1 Gilmore Crescent, or call Nicqui on 0402013177, or email [email protected]

 


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