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Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander


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Tags: Bribie Respite centre. Wallum Action Group volunteers. Bribie Island


Over the past few years, the Wallum Action Group has used the profits from it’s Community Nursery to assist so many worthwhile causes within the community and as a follow on from donating a number of defibrillators in 2017 to various groups, another of these was handed over to the Bribie Respite centre recently.

Featured Image(above): Dutch work experience student Jeroem van Velsen watched on as Wallum Action Group Volunteers presented the defibrillator to Joanne Allison-Schouw from the Respite Centre

When accepting the defibrillator from Wallum Action Group volunteers, Respite Centre representative Joanne Allison-Schouw said that this was an item that the centre had been wanting for quite some time and, whilst it was so good to finally have one on hand, she hoped that it never had to be put to use.

On hand to observe the presentation was an unfamiliar face at the nursery and this belonged to a young man who is assisting the other volunteers for three weeks as part of an overseas work experience initiative by his school at Alphen aan den Rijn in South West Holland. Eighteen-year-old Jeroen van Velsen explained that, from when he was little, he has been interested in nature and the animals that he saw on the Discovery Channel and coming to Australia is like a dream come true.

‘It is a really wonderful opportunity for me to expand my cultural horizons and to come in contact with the fascinating animals and the wondrous nature here,’ he said. The Wallum Action Group Community Nursery relies solely on the money raised from plant sales to continue the assistance that it provides within the community and this has included funding the purchase of diabetes pumps, wheelchairs and making a large donation to Camp Quality each year.

They have an absolutely amazing range of plants available and I would recommend a visit to the nursery which is right next to the Orchid House on First Avenue. Opening hours are from 8 am until 11 am each weekday and if anyone would like to enquire about becoming one of the volunteers who are responsible for the total operation of the nursery, 0407 699953 is the number to call.

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