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TOURISM NOOSA’S ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS STAYING CONNECTED

MEDIA RELEASE - 12 MAY 2020

Over the past seven weeks, Tourism Noosa’s 100 plus volunteers have been self-isolating but staying connected thanks to strong connections made through the Noosa Inspiration Centre.

Tourism Noosa’s Head of Visitor Experience Jasmin Boyd said while the incredible team of volunteers were taking a well-earned break from their ambassador duties, they were also staying connected with their ‘Tourism Noosa family’.

“Mental health and wellbeing is very important, particularly in these self-isolating times and we know that many of our volunteers would miss their weekly shifts as ambassadors in our centres”.

“Through a weekly informal update via email, regular telephone calls and our closed group Facebook page we are uniting our vollies and chatting with them regularly. Many are also talking to each other during their usual shift time and they are appreciative of the contact” said Ms Boyd.

Volunteer Sue Havilah said she was missing her Tuesday mornings at the Centre whilst Carol Blake commented “Your continued contact is appreciated. It’s good that we vollies have made a lot of good friends through volunteering over the years”.

Heidi Schum said “Thank you for the updates, it is very much appreciated keeping us connected.

After all, we are a huge family and some of us have been working together for many, many years as you know. Staying together and we will get through this together”.

“Keeping involved and informed is important and we have set a few challenges over the past few weeks including this week completing the Free Infection Control COVID Certificate. One of our amazing vollies Bernadine Devereux completed it within 90 minutes of the challenge being posted!”

“Like our volunteers, we are looking forward to when restrictions are lifted and we can welcome back our knowledgeable volunteers who are the backbone of our Centres” said Ms Boyd.

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For media enquiries contact Tourism Noosa Communications Manager Susan Ewington on 0412

692 961 or susan@tourismnoosa.com.au

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