Annette Tomlinson has racked up nine years on the HookUp committee.
Annette Tomlinson has racked up nine years on the HookUp committee. Luka Kauzlaric

HookUp army marches on stomachs filled by Annette

BEHIND the past nine HookUp events is a woman named Annette Tomlinson, who bakes the best chocolate slice you will ever taste.

Annette is the catering officer for all volunteers and guests at the Boyne Tannum HookUp, serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to hungry mouths all week.

She has been a part of the HookUp team for nine years, thoroughly enjoying making healthy food to fill the stomachs of the admin team and other people involved.

"They used to have a barbecue breakfast, lunch and dinner but it's a long week with just barbecues; too much grease. Now I make them salads and vegies and roasts," she said.

Annette said she prepares in advance for the annual fishing competition, already starting to make curries and freezing them.

It all started nine years ago when her husband would get peckish on an afternoon of HookUp.

"My husband looks after the park and I used to bring him treats. Jeff Amos said maybe you should take on the food.

"I would then bring them out healthier food and give them sweets on the Sunday, when they really need sugar," she said.

Annette is a born volunteer, serving the community in other ways since she moved to Gladstone 12 years ago.

"I volunteer for several other things, lots of kids sport clubs. I've been a part of groups and committees for the past 10 years.

"I got Valleys into doing barbecues at HookUp. It's a snowball effect and it's a benefit everyone gets," she said.

Being appreciated by those she feeds is also a major reason why Annette loves HookUp, with plenty of love going into her dishes as a result.

She recommends giving up a few hours a week to anybody, with the feeling of helping others indescribable.

"I advise anyone to do it. You get good contacts, too. Some people who don't have jobs come and volunteer and they can get talking to the right people.

"There are lots of kickbacks for being on a committee. We are pretty passionate about the community," she said.



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