Karen Clarke, nominee for Volunteer of the Year doing her thing at Currumbin VMR.
Karen Clarke, nominee for Volunteer of the Year doing her thing at Currumbin VMR. Blainey Woodham

Karen keeps Currumbin boats afloat

WITHOUT people like Karen Clarke, community and not-for-profit organisations would barely function.

Elanora local Ms Clarke has devoted her life to helping others, and now she is up for an award for her valuable contribution.

As part of International Volunteers Day, Volunteering Gold Coast is holding awards to recognise volunteers in the community.

Nominee for Volunteer of the Year, Ms Clarke, could not be more deserving.

Joanne Partridge from Volunteer Marine Rescue Currumbin nominated Ms Clarke for the award and said the work she does is incredible.

“I first met Karen at Volunteer Marine Rescue where she has been a radio officer, fundraiser, organiser and treasurer over the past eight years,” Ms Partridge said.

“She was the person the organisation really pivoted on.”

Ms Clarke devotes many hours a week at Volunteer Marine Rescue, an organisation who looks out for boaties at Currumbin.

As well as being a full time carer for her mother who has Alzheimer’s, and her sister who is disabled due to a motor accident.

She also cares for her severely diabetic 17-year -old nephew John, who she took in when he was just 11-years old after his mother passed away.

When Ms Clarke was told about the nomination she couldn’t believe it.

“I just thoroughly enjoy doing something for the community,” she said.

“All my volunteer work is an outlet from my carer’s duties.”

“It’s my downtime.”

“I used to be a banker so I enjoy taking on the treasury positions.”

With everything on her plate, there is not a hint of resentfulness or bitterness in Ms Clarke’s demeanour.

“It’s just my lot in life,” she said.

“It’s been hard at times but a lot of people in the world have it much worse”.

“Volunteering Gold Coast annually takes part in organizing this celebratory day dedicated to all volunteers on the Gold Coast.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Sundayat the Sheraton Mirage from 10 am to 11.30 am. Leticia Vargas from Volunteering Gold Coast will be hosting the event alongside Keegan Buzza from 102.9FM Hot Tomato.

To book contact Volunteering Gold Coast on (07) 5526 2811.



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