Sally Gregory has had a long history of volunteer work. She spends her weeks volunteering with multiple organisations across the Gold Coast including the Hinterland Rookies Band and Environmental Divers – Clean Up Crew.
One of her most significant volunteer contributions is running the QLD branch of the Australian Bravery Association; an organisation which aims to recognise and support Australians who have risk their life to save another.
“I started volunteering with the Australian Bravery Association in 2004, donating my time by meeting with the newest bravery award recipients at Government House, organising events and running the organisation’s social media pages. After a fatal shark attack, it helped turn my lemons into lemonade,” she said.
All of her tremendous contributions to volunteering has come with many stand out moments; from seeing the lives people she has helped change to being awarded with a life membership with the Australian Bravery Association. She has commended volunteering for giving her a new perspective on life.
“It gives me a healthy perspective on how lucky I am to have things that others don’t such as the ability to walk, live in peace and be part of a remarkable community,” she said.
Sally encourages everyone to start volunteering, saying that being helpful is being useful.
“A life lived without contributing to a better world is only half a life. No one can do everything but everyone can do something to help.”
If you would like to become a volunteer and help give back to the community, visit www.vsaustralia.org.au/becomeavolunteer to find out more.