Meet Debbie – Relay For Life volunteer

Volunteering is good for the soul

Debbie Ayres

Debbie first volunteered with Cancer Council Queensland when a nurse she was working with took part in a fundraiser and needed assistance.  The mission of Cancer Council Queensland resonated with Debbie and she saw the only way to achieve the goal of a cancer free future is through volunteers raising funds.

Debbie has been an integral part of the Kawana Relay for Life organising committee for the past nine years in a number of different roles, including chairman and secretary. She is also a Hope Ambassador in the CancerFREE Challenge. For the challenge, fundraisers are invited to join a quest to raise at least $10,000 for Cancer Council Queensland.

Debbie said she loves the feeling of giving back to the community.

“I think everyone should volunteer,” Debbie said.

“It makes you feel good and the people you help feel good.”

Debbie said it was the stories of the people she met with cancer that kept her going.

She hopes to one day live in a world without cancer and is passionate about the advancement of research.

“Through volunteering, helping people, fundraising to support research and raising awareness, we will get there,” she said.

Debbie praised Cancer Council Queensland for supporting their volunteers through training, conferences and messages from CEO Professor Jeff Dunn AO.

“Cancer Council Queensland is really all about volunteers,” she said.

Debbie encouraged anyone thinking about volunteering to go for it – no matter how much or how little time they had to put in.

“Volunteering is good for the soul,” she said.

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