CALLING ALL LOCALS, TRIATHLETES, VETERAN VOLUNTEERS, STUDENTS, AND PARENTS!
Be part of the 2019 SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon in a volunteer capacity.
The 2019 SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon, on from 3rd May – 5th May, is the premier triathlon event in WA and the culmination of the WA triathlon season. It is hosted by Triathlon WA, the state sporting body representing Triathlon in WA. As a small, not for profit organisation, volunteer support is vital and it has been the support of our fantastic volunteers that has made the event the success that it is.
There are lots of ways you can be part of the action as part of our volunteer family. From Course Marshall to Registration Assistant, Aid Station to Finish Line Volunteers, we need your help. More than 400 volunteers are required to join our volunteer family.
- People and groups required from Friday 3rd May – Sunday 5th May 2019
- Lots of roles to choose from
- Half-day shifts or longer shifts available
- Free volunteer uniform including a t-shirt and hat
- Complimentary voucher for the scrumptious food vans
- Opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and have a great experience
- Be in the thick of all the action and soak in the atmosphere of this favourite triathlon festival
If you or anyone you know may be interested, registration is NOW OPEN and more information can be found by clicking here Volunteer Information
Award-winners, sponsors and organisers demonstrating the theme for this year's National Volunteer Week: "Give Happy, Live Happy." Picture: Taelor Pelusey
Busselton and Dunsborough’s tireless volunteers were cast into the spotlight on Monday night at the annual Volunteer of the Year recognition Awards.
In his role as MC, Mayor Grant Henley announced Connor Oliver — a training officer, patrol captain and inflatable rescue boat crewman with the Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club — the youth award winner.
The club had another winner in the open category with Helen Rabjones, who has served as chief administrator for more than a decade, among other roles.
Cr Henley praised the club’s work, making specific mention of a public safety decision to cancel the swim leg of a triathlon at the weekend after a shark sighting.
“I think that was in the highest echelon of volunteers performing in their duties and I commend both the surf lifesavers and the volunteer marine rescue guys who were there,” he said.
Ms Rabjones was also mentioned in the tourism and events category.
However, the award went to Doreen Bailie, who has been Jetty Host co-ordinator since 2011 and volunteers for organisations, events and during cruise ship visits.
Cr Henley said the cruise ship volunteers helped the City take out first place in the best local initiative category at the 2016 Annual Cruising Industry Awards.
“This success can be attributed to the many volunteers who provide a vibrant and friendly welcome to cruise ship passengers,” he said.
Des Austin — a bushfire brigade volunteer of more than four decades, and Busselton SES deputy local manager since 2013 — was commended in the seniors category, and the overall award went to Margaret Tickle.
The mayor jokingly pulled out a seat for Ms Tickle before reading out a lengthy list of volunteer activities with clubs, events, churches and education groups.
Cr Henley described volunteers as the backbone of the community.
“Sometimes volunteer work is challenging but our community always seems to be up for this challenge and that’s thanks to the efforts of people such as your selves,” he said.
The awards were hosted by the City of Busselton and Busselton-Dunsborough Volunteer Centre, with support from Volunteering WA and Lotterieswest.
All the winners:
Apex Youth (under-25) Award
Winner: Connor Oliver
Rotary Tourism & Events Award
Winner: Doreen Bailee
Special Mention: Teresa Pool, Paul Davis, Yvonne Avery, Helen Rabjones
Harvey Norman Open Award
Winner: Helen Rabjones
Geographe Camping and Tackle World Seniors Award
Winner: Margaret Tickle
Highly Commended: Des Austin
Special Mention: Isobel Gale, Trevor Hemmett, Dawn Taylor, Marion Scott, Elsie Froome, Peter Jager, Malcom Jennings
Red Cross operates the Family and Practical support programs throughout the Southwest. The purpose of the Service is to provide caring and practical assistance to families with babies and young children who are facing extra challenges in adjusting to their parenting role. It is an early intervention service that offers respite and support to multiple birth families, mothers experiencing or at risk of postnatal depression or perinatal mental health problems and social isolation.
Family support has been supporting families since 1993 and is a unique service that Red Cross offers only in Western Australia. Since its inception, over 3,000 families have been assisted by creating a supportive environment and helping to minimise many of the daily stresses experienced by families with babies. We support families in Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta.
Since 2008 Practical Support program has been supporting families by having volunteers visit the family home weekly and work alongside the mother assisting in domestic duties such as light housework, shopping and basic childcare e.g. feeding, settling babies, and preparing meals for children. The volunteer can also help with linking in with community and local supports and enhancing social networks. This Program is available in the Busselton area.
ROLE OF THE VOLUNTEER
Volunteers provide approximately 4 hours per week of in-home respite per family and may work with the same family for up to 6 months in the case of a multiple birth. Hands-on support - child related activities, feeding, preparing meals for children, settling babies. Role modelling - volunteers encourage positive interaction between parents and children (play, talking, and discipline) to develop a child's social and cognitive development.
Emotional support - ‘being there' for the mother, the willingness to listen without being judgemental or giving advice.
Social support - supporting families in developing social networks and linking to community resources.
For more information on this volunteer opportunity or other exciting roles contact us at the
Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre
Suite 5B - Ground Floor
21 Cammilleri Street
Box 11, CRC, 21 Cammilleri
Busselton WA 6280
Ph/Fax: 08 - 97542047
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BusseltonDunsboroughVolunteer Centre
Open Monday and Tuesday 8.00am to 4pm
& Wednesday 10am to 2pm
Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre is now on SKYPE.
To book a call you will need to send us an email with your SKYPE name.
Our SKYPE name is Volunteer.Coordinator2
We will then request you join us as a friend and arrange a time to call you to discuss your volunteering enquiries and requirements.