Tens of thousands of school leavers are set to descend on the Gold Coast for schoolies celebrations this November, with Crime Stoppers Queensland calling for locals to volunteer their time to help keep the youngsters safe.
The community volunteer organisation is looking for 350 people to join this year’s Schoolies Support Team to help patrol the Surfers Paradise beachfront, assist with walk home services and be a safe person for school leavers to reach out to.
Crime Stoppers Qld Chief Executive Officer, Trevor O’Hara, says it’s a great opportunity for the community to assist school leavers in a positive way.
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“Parents of school leavers can get involved with the safety program, while observing their children’s wellbeing from a distance,” he says.
“It also allows mature aged students who are studying criminology, law or paramedicine in South East Queensland, the chance to gain valuable experience and is something that can be put on resumes.”
Mr O’Hara says anyone can be a volunteer, they just have to be at least 20 years of age and have a valid Queensland Blue Card.
“Blue Card applications are due by September 30 to allow for processing time,” Mr O’Hara says.
“It can take several weeks for volunteers to be accredited with their ‘working with children’ Blue Card, so it is imperative for all new and returning volunteers to register early.”
If successful, volunteers will be rostered on the days and times that suit them.
“We understand that people are busy and won’t be available every day of Schoolies 2018,” Mr O’Hara said.
Schoolies week kicks off on November 17, with volunteers needed until the 23rd.
Community members interested in volunteering can read more information and register online at www.schooliesvolunteer.com.au or call 1300 309 355.