Volunteer of the year vital

BeeGees president goes above and beyond

By Kirra Livingstone

BEEGEES club president Amanda Milburn has once again been recognised for her dedication towards being a community volunteer, winning volunteer of the year at the Female Football Week awards.
The awards are run by Football Queensland, and although Amanda didn’t know she was nominated, it is likely she was up against a large number of nominees for the award. It wasn’t until she got the call from BeeGees communications volunteer Tasia Higgins that she realised she had won the state-wide award, which recognised Amanda’s continuous efforts to ensure the club runs smoothly.
“I am very thankful for it but it’s something that I don’t expect, I do this because I really enjoy being a part of the club, so to be acknowledged is really nice,” Amanda said.
“It’s definitely not why I do it, I do it because I love the club and I love being involved and being a part of the community.
“I won volunteer of the year through Football Sunshine Coast in 2022, but hadn’t won another volunteer award until now, and it’s my first year as club president, so it’s nice.”
Amanda has been volunteering at the club for nine years, wearing a number of hats at the club, but her whole family are volunteers, so it just comes naturally for her to help the community.
“My sister, she was involved with the Beerwah Bulldogs for a long time, and then she’s now the president of the Junior Sunshine Coast Falcons, and my other sister volunteers with Kindys,” she said.
“We are a family of volunteers; my dad volunteered in the SES for a very long time so it’s just what we do.”
Because she has grown up being aware of how important volunteering is, she stressed the significance of community volunteering.
“It is extremely important, our club is built on volunteers so without that it would be very hard to deliver any kind of programs, have any kind of functioning games, it just wouldn’t happen,” she said.
“Last year we had a lot of people come and help in the canteen and with games, it wasn’t until they volunteered that they realised its easy and fun, and understood what goes on behind the scenes.”