OPINION: Special thanks for volunteers after woman gets lost

IT is a strange co-incidence that on International Volunteer Day, which was celebrated on Saturday, we should get such a stark reminder of the importance of those selfless individuals living among us.

A 51-year-old woman got lost while bushwalking on Friday and wasn't found until the early hours of Sunday morning.

One can only imagine what her friends and family were going through during the long hours that she was missing.

Fortunately she escaped from the adventure with minor scratches, dehydration and hypothermia.

Among those searching were the police, the RACQ Careflight helicopter and dedicated members of the Fraser Coast SES.

On Sunday before the woman was found, 25 volunteers joined in the effort to find her.

International Volunteer Day is usually celebrated by crews across the state, but it comes as no surprise that they were more than happy to forego any parties to help bring this woman home safely.

Fraser Coast SES local controller Bob Biram summed it up best when he said that the SES was there for that purpose and this time they got a good result.

To all the volunteers who spend their time helping others, thank you so much for your time and effort - it means more than you could ever know.

Your generosity of spirit makes a huge difference.



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