The volunteers who keep our state ticking

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NARACOORTE HERALD: Whether it’s a vehicle accident at 4am or a grass fire in the middle of summer, chances are you’ll recognise the faces of local Country Fire Service volunteers who are more often than not the first ones on the scene.

Every year, volunteers of the Naracoorte CFS Brigade contribute literally thousands of hours to dozens of call outs all around the SE to deliver professional fire and rescue services. Read more

Naracoorte CFS Brigade captain Jim Reekie has been volunteering with the CFS for an impressive 23 years.

Naracoorte CFS Brigade captain Jim Reekie has been volunteering with the CFS for an impressive 23 years.

PORT LINCOLN TIMES: The Port Lincoln Riding for Disabled Association (RDA) is inviting locals to bring together more volunteer people and ponies.

Port Lincoln RDA president Liz Trigg said the RDA offered the opportunity for children who had disabilities to communicate and join in a friendly environment with other people with disabilities. Read more

 RDA president Liz Trigg and coach Kylie Kotz, pictured with horse Candi, are inviting people interested in volunteering for the RDA to the come and try day next week.

RDA president Liz Trigg and coach Kylie Kotz, pictured with horse Candi, are inviting people interested in volunteering for the RDA to the come and try day next week.

WEST COAST SENTINEL: The rewarding nature of being an ambulance member is the best part of the role, Wudinna team leader John Simpson says. “It costs time but that time and effort is well rewarded in the help you are giving to the community,” he said. Read more

Members of the Wudinna ambulance team, Geoff Rushmer, Eleanor Scholz, Suzanne Waters and team leader John Simpson. Picture: Jean Spence

Members of the Wudinna ambulance team, Geoff Rushmer, Eleanor Scholz, Suzanne Waters and team leader John Simpson. Picture: Jean Spence

BORDER CHRONICLE: The Red Cross are searching for volunteers from the Tatiara as they help the community through hard work and determination. Read more

EYRE PENINSULA: The familiar site of the bright yellow Driver Reviver van at the corner of the Cleve turn off near Arno Bay, on the Lincoln Highway over holidays and long weekends, is under threat if its parent group, Rural Watch, cannot increase member numbers. Read more

BORDER CHRONICLE:  Jo Edwards is a well known member of community and has taken on some important roles that have made a huge impact on non-for profit organizations in the Tatiara.

Annette and Kevin Elson enjoy their time offering 'cuppas' to travellers from the Driver Reviver van during long weekends and holidays.

Annette and Kevin Elson enjoy their time offering 'cuppas' to travellers from the Driver Reviver van during long weekends and holidays.

She has been doing regular shifts at Meals on Wheels for over five years and for the last two years she has been a volunteer driver for the Red Cross. Read on

EYRE PENINSULA TRIBUNE: It doesn’t take much to be a volunteer, according to long-serving Country Fire Service member Brian Harkness who says volunteering has brought him some great friendships and experiences. Read on

Jo Edwards

Jo Edwards

THE ISLANDER: Carol Miell is the lone voice of Australian Radio Rescue Services, call sign: VMR American River Radio. It’s a voice all yachties want to hear when they radio in their movements in the waters around Kangaroo Island, and definitely a voice you want to hear when you might be in a spot of trouble. Read on

Brian Harkness

Brian Harkness

NARACOORTE: For Hazara brothers Hafeezullah and Asmat Ullah Haidari, volunteering is second nature. The duo hhas taken on a number of volunteering roles in Naracoorte and around the state to support the communities that have embraced them since arriving in Australia. Read on

A reassuring voice for those at sea, Carol has been looking after our yachties for 16 years.

A reassuring voice for those at sea, Carol has been looking after our yachties for 16 years.

PORT LINCOLN: Recently named volunteer of the year at the Port Lincoln Yacht Club Craig Cameron believes volunteering is vital to the survival of sporting clubs.  Read on

Asmat Ullah and Hafeezullah Haidari.

Asmat Ullah and Hafeezullah Haidari.

WEST COAST SENTINEL: A volunteer since the 1950s, Kath Dunn said it was the spirit of community and a message her mother taught her which has kept her involved over the years. Read on

Craig Cameron

Craig Cameron

COASTAL LEADER: David Thomas is a community minded man who enjoys volunteering in the town he has come to call home, Robe. When David and his wife Margie moved to Robe four and a half years ago, on David retiring from the SA Police after serving 42 years, they both transferred to the Robe Lions Club. Read on

 Kath Dunn at the Ceduna Hospital and Village Auxiliary meeting room.

Kath Dunn at the Ceduna Hospital and Village Auxiliary meeting room.

FLINDERS NEWS: Rural communities are built by their volunteers, and few people know that better than Lynne Christopherson, lifelong resident of Booleroo Centre and prominent volunteer. Read on

Margie and David Thomas.

Margie and David Thomas.

Lynne Christopherson, pictured in Booleroo Centre's main street, started volunteering at the age of 18.

Lynne Christopherson, pictured in Booleroo Centre's main street, started volunteering at the age of 18.

“Being on the CFS is my service to our community, like a Lions Club or Apex, this is what I do and one day it could be me that needs some help.”

Brian Harkness

“I like to be among people, I like to get to know them, where they come from and what they do, and I like to be among the community.”

Kath Dunn

“I have a very deep connection with Naracoorte and volunteering is something I’ve always been very passionate about."

Hafeezullah Haidari

“I just think everyone should get into it. The benefit of being involved in something with your children, I think that’s going to have a long term benefit for them growing up to see their parents involved.”

Craig Cameron