Fay gives 23 years to volunteering
FOR Toowoomba's Fay Stafford, volunteering started as a way to get out of the house for a while each week.
But over time she said it had turned into a strong passion of hers.
Ms Stafford has been volunteering for Cancer Council Queensland for the past 23 years.
This week is National Volunteer Week and Cancer Council Queensland extended a special thanks to its thousands of volunteers and fundraisers for their immeasurable contribution.
In south-west Queensland, there are 321 registered volunteers.
Ms Stafford is one of those volunteers.
"I volunteer in the office each week but I'm also out in the community supporting national fundraising campaigns like Daffodil Day and Pink Ribbon Day," she said.
"I enjoy the role so much because I spend time with a beautiful group of people, all keen to support this important cause of helping others.
"It's comforting to know that the actions you take, no matter how big or small, are helping someone who needs it.
Everyone has a cancer story to tell and everyone knows someone who has been through it.
"It's important for people to know that help is available to them - and I get a great sense of satisfaction out of knowing I am sharing that message of support."
CCQ regional fundraising coordinator Carley Wagner said more than 40,000 supporters across the state made a difference to locals impacted by cancer every year.
"We simply could not do what we do without the spirit, the efforts and the determination of our volunteers - generous people like Fay. They are the heart of our work," Ms Wagner said.
"We are committed to providing all Queenslanders with the best possible prospects of preventing, detecting, effectively treating and surviving a cancer diagnosis.
"Our most heartfelt thanks goes to the terrific volunteers championing our cause in the south west Queensland region - your work helps to improve cancer control and reduce the impact of cancer on our community."
- People interested in volunteering can visit the "Support us" section at www.cancerqld.org.au.