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BAM volunteer says experience gives more than it demands

Melanie Webber is just one of the volunteers that strengthens the Gladstone community, supporting the Beach Arts Music events at Tannum Sands.
Melanie Webber is just one of the volunteers that strengthens the Gladstone community, supporting the Beach Arts Music events at Tannum Sands. Mike Richard

LOCAL events such as the Beach Arts and Music Festival are heavily dependent upon volunteers.

BAM, held on the first Saturday of every month, is a hugely popular event but lacking the number of volunteers needed to ensure its longevity.

Volunteer Melanie Webber says she couldn't recall a time in her life when she hasn't made time to volunteer.

"My parents are both volunteers, so the need to give back to your community is something that they have instilled in me," she said.

"People don't realise how flexible volunteering is. You can give as much or as little as you like, just as long as you do something."

The cross-section festival is testament to how successful a small idea can be when passionate individuals care about the betterment of their community.

"I usually man the liquorice stall," she said. "I have been volunteering at BAM since it began.

"It is amazing how much it has grown over the past couple of years. It's a lovely atmosphere."

Ms Webber wanted to reiterate to potential volunteers that the experience returned more than it demanded.

A social circle that grows steadily each month and an enormous sense of pride in witnessing the event grow from strength to strength are the main reason Ms Webber shows no hesitation in donating her time.

The Beach Arts and Music Festival is seeking active volunteers to assist with marking stall sites, packing up at the end of the day and cleaning rubbish left behind.

The opportunity to contribute community-run market stalls is also available.

Helpers can volunteer for an hour, a day or on a regular basis. Contact Jodie on 0403 087 727 or Maxine on 0448 883 609.

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