Volunteers from Bundaberg Junior Rugby League were gifted an opportunity to rub shoulders with legends of the game this week in recognition of their commitment to the community.
Two canteen volunteers sat alongside Mayor Jack Dempsey and junior rugby league representatives for the Maroons Fan Day luncheon.
The lunch was an opportunity for guests to hear from Maroon’s legends including Sam Thaiday, coach Paul Green and captain Daly Cherry-Evans.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said he was pleased to be able to invite some of the hard-working volunteers from the Bundaberg Junior Rugby league community to enjoy the lunch to say thank you for all they do.
“Our volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that we can run successful sporting clubs and continue to provide the opportunity for our community to be involved in sport,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Hosting the volunteers at this event allowed us to recognise their hard work and ensure they know just how appreciated they are by the community.”
Carol Shallcross was one of the lucky volunteers, who has spent the past few years volunteering in the canteens.
She said the invitation had come as a total surprise to her.
“I was amazed to be invited, no one really does that sort of thing for you,” she said.
“The day was awesome; it blew me away and there were so many players which was great.”
Volunteering has been a part of her life since Carol first became involved with the sport when her grandchildren started playing.
“My grandchildren play rugby league and then the kids asked me about helping in the canteen and I just love it,” she said.
“I know the young ones like to watch their kids play sport, so we can be in the background preparing hamburgers, chips and all the other food.”
Carol encourages everyone to give volunteering a go at some point in their lives, with it being a great way to stay connected and meet new people.
“Everyone should have a go at volunteering, especially the older ones,” she said.
“I have made many friends and it is a wonderful thing for everyone to try.”
The Maroons Fan Day also included a street parade and community visits as part of QRL’s trip to Bundaberg.
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