Brisbane Bayside Volunteer Area Committee of Crime Stoppers needs volunteers

VOLUNTEERS: Bernie Coleman, Paul Fitzpatrick and Chris Bernacki from the Brisbane Bayside volunteer committee of Crime Stoppers at the fundraising golf day. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

VOLUNTEERS: Bernie Coleman, Paul Fitzpatrick and Chris Bernacki from the Brisbane Bayside volunteer committee of Crime Stoppers at the fundraising golf day. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

THE bayside volunteer committee of Crime Stoppers Queensland is calling for helpers to promote the efforts of the crime prevention service.

Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit, community volunteer organisation with 31 committees across the state.

Chair of the Brisbane Bayside Volunteer Area Committee Paul Fitzpatrick said the committee promoted the anonymous crime reporting service available to the public through Crime Stoppers.

The committee does fundraising, mainly through an annual golf day, gives presentations and represents Crime Stoppers at various events.

Committee member Bernie Coleman said on retirement he was looking for somewhere to offer his services as a volunteer in the Redlands.

“This way (through Crime Stoppers) I can give something to the community,” he said.

Another member Kathy Huf said volunteering was important in her family when she was growing up and with family in the police force she was initially a Volunteer in Policing (VIP) for Queensland Police Service before joining Crime Stoppers.

Mr Fitzpatrick said anyone from the age of 16 years upwards could volunteer for the committee.

“We have some people who are studying who want to put something back into the community.

Crime Stoppers volunteers from the Brisbane Bayside branch Raylene Pascoe, Janice Dorber, Bill Green, Corinne Tomasi and Anne Fitzpatrick. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Crime Stoppers volunteers from the Brisbane Bayside branch Raylene Pascoe, Janice Dorber, Bill Green, Corinne Tomasi and Anne Fitzpatrick. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

“We are looking for anyone who loves getting out and has a genuine belief in the Crime Stoppers product.”

He said anyone interested in volunteering could attend a few meetings or events before deciding whether to commit to the organisation.

Mr Fitzpatrick said the committee worked with other organisations and community groups, including Rotary and Lions clubs.

The Brisbane Bayside Volunteer Area Committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month at Redlands Sporting Club in Anson Road, Wellington Point.

For more information about volunteering phone Paul Fitzpatrick on 0412 676 587 or see crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Crime Stoppers provides a telephone hotline, website and mobile app for people to provide anonymous information about suspicious or criminal activity.

Calls are not recorded or taped and are not traced or identified in any way.

People who provide information are allocated a number, which can be used to provide further information at a later time, check progress on an investigation and collect a reward if an arrest results from their information.

Crime Stoppers can be contacted by phoning 1800 333 000 or visiting the website crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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