Every Wednesday, volunteer Lynn Nock leads a team of hard-working admin volunteers in Cancer Council Queensland’s Fortitude Valley office. Handling both incoming and outgoing material, her team are one of five in the Brisbane office who provide essential assistance to the whole organisation.
Starting at 9am, Lynn’s team begin their day by handling all incoming material. This includes opening envelopes containing donations or funds raised from events such as Relay For Life and Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Lynn says she is continually surprised by the generosity of donors and everyday people across Queensland.
Following big events like Daffodil Day, she also finds herself handling returned merchandise from locations throughout Queensland. This can prove to be a huge job, taking a number of weeks and many hands to complete.
After taking a well-earned break for morning tea, Lynn and the team begin working on outgoing material. This includes preparing, packing and dispatching fundraising kits and merchandise for various events, sending receipts and distributing newsletters or promotional material.
Lynn takes pride in knowing that she is contributing in her own way. However, it is the people she works with, both volunteers and staff, who make the experience so positive. She loves seeing her team every week, some of whom have been volunteering for over 30 years.
Lynn began her volunteer journey just over three years ago when she found an advertisement online for the position of administration volunteer with Cancer Council Queensland. Thinking, ‘this is something I could do’ she applied and soon found herself donating time to a cause she considers worthwhile.
“If my time spent at Cancer Council Queensland can assist in some way to save money, increase awareness and indirectly assist the raising of much needed funds then I am happy to give that time,” she says.