After more than 12 years of volunteering at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, it’s the opportunity to contribute to society that keeps Marijke Fairfull coming back.
With National Volunteers Week nearing, Marijke, along with all Bundaberg Regional Council volunteers, are being celebrated for their commitment to community.
“I love the responsibility of it,” she said.
“As you get older too, it’s just good to know that you’re still useful.”
As she greets visitors at the front desk with a bright and friendly smile, Marijke recalls the warm welcome she received when first becoming a BRAG volunteer.
“You feel very comfortable when you walk into the gallery, and with places that are silent and quiet you don’t always feel that,” she said.
Meeting people and helping them feel at home in the gallery is part of what Marijke enjoys most about volunteering.
From restocking the activity spaces to talking with visitors about the local wares on sale in the Gallery Shop, Marijke finds there is always a variety of tasks to do during her volunteer shift.
The Gallery Shop stocks a wide selection of handmade goods by local artists, and Marijke enjoys discovering new items every week.
She recommends volunteering as a boost for individual health and happiness.
Her advice for those looking to volunteer?
“Choose a place you enjoy working at,” she recommends.
“I’ve been here 12 to 13 years, and I hope to be here for a while yet.”
Marijke is being celebrated for her many years of voluntary service as part of Bundaberg Regional Council’s National Volunteer Week celebrations.
BRAG volunteers also contribute to the successful operation of the gallery by helping to install exhibitions, assisting at official events and undertaking research.
For more information about volunteering at BRAG, look online at https://www.artsbundaberg.com.au/galleries/about/volunteers.