Volunteers step up for training
  • Monday 23 May 2011

Local Heart Foundation Walking volunteers today gained confidence in applying first aid procedures when they undertook Senior First Aid training at Buderim Goodlife Centre.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Council recognises and values the contribution Heart Foundation Walking volunteers make in the community towards improved health and wellbeing.

"We wish to thank these local volunteer organisers who often go above and beyond to successfully organise and sustain more than 70 walks throughout 23 walking locations across the Coast every week, including monthly Moonwalks and pram walks," she said.

"Our wonderful volunteers coordinate more than 500 walkers who participate in the program on the Coast.

"The first aid training will further up-skill walk organisers as a step towards improved safety on all Heart Foundation Walks."

As a small token of recognition for volunteer organisers’ contribution to the local walking programs, Sport, Recreation and Wellbeing Manager, Alison Hamblin presented a special certificate of appreciation.

Heart Foundation Walking is an initiative funded by the Queensland Government aimed at getting more Queenslanders active.

Cr McKay said council and the Heart Foundation were pleased to provide all residents and visitors with the Heart Foundation Walking program.

"Heart Foundation Walking has been on the Sunshine Coast for 10 years," Cr McKay said.

"The program provides a great opportunity to enjoy the health benefits of fresh air and physical activity. Heart Foundation Walking also provides a chance to meet new friends or spend time with family."

For Heart Foundation Walking schedules and Moonwalking information visit council’s website or contact council on 5475 7272. Walks do not occur in the event of persistent rain or storms.