St Vincent de Paul puts out call for help, show them you care by answering

More needed: Val Gebbett was one of three VInnies volunteers who retired, sparking a plea for help.

More needed: Val Gebbett was one of three VInnies volunteers who retired, sparking a plea for help.

EVERY time a call goes out from someone in Jimboomba who needs help, it gets answered.

It happened last year, when a charity cricket day raised an incredible $10,000 for the McGrath Foundation. Businesses were quick to jump on board and donate goods and services to the campaign which put Jimboomba up there with the best foundation fundraisers in the country.

A toy drive for underprivileged kids last Christmas had gifts flooding in from across the community, leaving organisers stunned. As well as the 300 or so gifts, the Now and Zen community op shop was inundated with messages from people asking how they could get involved.

HQ Espresso cafe staff were amazed when, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting people where it hurt, customers rallied around a pay it forward scheme for those less fortunate. More than 50 coffee drinkers paid extra in the first few days of the scheme.

Shoppers dug deep during a supermarket campaign to feed hungry Australians, raising thousands to pay for their meals. Flagstone Coles finished in the top 10 for the SecondBite campaign last July, raising enough to buy more than 19,000 meals.

The call has gone out again, and it is hoped the legendary generosity the residents have will shine through.

This time it is from the local branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society, which has been hurt by the retirement of some of its vital volunteers. They need your help so they can continue doing their incredible work in the community.

Vinnies volunteers travel a huge distance every week as they cover a massive area in western Logan.

They travel in pairs, visiting people who have reached out for assistance, offering help with groceries and fuel, as well as car registration and other financial help

Val Gebbett, Rod Jamieson and Pauline Adams had given 25 years' service between them to the organisation, leaving a big hole in the ranks.

If you can spare just two or three hours per week, you can help fill that hole - and you might even get some benefit out of it. Volunteers say meeting people is one of the best parts of the role.

If you're a people person, have a go. It could turn out to have massive benefits for you, too. Email peterflynn235@gmail.comto make contact.