Active Volunteering - Tannum Sands High School students help RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue


This year, for the first time, RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue (Cap Rescue) are excited to partner with Tannum Sands High School to provide students completing a CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering an opportunity to volunteer with their organisation.

Students completed a virtual induction/orientation with their volunteer coordinators and have undertaken several volunteer activities including collection of donation boxes, creating social media content and advertising Cap Rescue events at school. The student volunteers have also assisted staff at events based in the Gladstone region including Colour Me Capricorn Gladstone in October.

Working with staff and other volunteers provides a great opportunity for the students to be inspired, motivated and driven to become outstanding citizens within their community. This is also a fantastic opportunity for Cap Rescue, opening up new volunteering avenues and potentially new volunteers in the future.

Thank you to Tannum Sands High School teacher, Certificate II in Active Volunteering coordinator, and Cap Rescue volunteer, Deidre Carey, for helping to organise this exciting partnership.


Spotlight on Deidre Carey

Background (personal/professional) – What are your passions?

I am a teacher and I am passionate about students achieving their very best. It is always a real pleasure when you meet past students who are now in the workforce, as parents, etc., and they share their life after the school journey. I have grandchildren and I like nothing better than hanging out with them and doing the simple things in life and seeing them experience and enjoy things for the first time. I love to travel, whether it be to visit family in Australia or going overseas to see my daughter and her family who have been living in Abu Dhabi for the past 7 years.

Where and how long have you been a volunteer for?

I have signed up to be a volunteer but haven’t really started as yet due to what is happening in the world. In the past I have done volunteer work at club level, my children’s school as a parent helper Queensland Teacher’s Union Secretary for a number of years, Women’s representative for the QTU, at school events for my school (when I am not required to be there), my grandson’s Kindy, and assisting an elderly person during the COVID-19 crisis.

When did you choose to volunteer with Cap Rescue?

I visited the Cap Rescue with my PREQIP students from Gladstone/ Tannum Sands and saw what an amazing organisation it is. I was looking to do volunteer work and decided that Cap Rescue was the organisation I would like to be involved with. I also deliver a Certificate II in Active Volunteering through my school and saw that the Cap Rescue would be an ideal organisation for my students to do volunteer work with.

What do you think Cap Rescue means to the community and why is it important for us to have a volunteer program?

Without people helping out the Cap Rescue would not have the necessary funds raised. Cap Rescue is a vital part of the community for all the lives that is rescues and saves.


About Active Volunteering

Active Volunteering is an initiative of Volunteering Queensland (RTO #6020) that offers students the opportunity to undertake either a Certificate I, II or III in Active Volunteering (from the Community Services training package) that has been contextualised for secondary schools, special schools or alternate training programs.


Photo in profile: Deidre Carey providing student volunteer Jayden with a certificate to acknowledge his outstanding contribution during National Student Volunteer Week.

Header photo: Jayden enjoying event volunteering with his peers and CapRescue volunteers.