This year we move into the 19th year of operation for the Night Eyes Group. We’ve come a long way from the original vigilante group looking after boats after dark, to an extremely skilful clean-up unit, servicing the local areas both water and land. Although the amount of rubbish recovered changes each year so the amounts we do get more than justifies our efforts and is something we should all be proud of.
Our membership remains constant, but some upcoming newspaper articles may entice new members as does our association with Volunteering Sunshine Coast. One of the highlights of the year was attending the National Volunteer Week Event 2018. Country singer Michael O’Rourke and his wife produced a video with accompanying music highlighting volunteering groups throughout Queensland. Very impressive.
Our main source of revenue is a grant provided by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. This greatly appreciated funding keeps our doors open. We also receive great financial support from the Henzell Real Estate Group, Pelican Waters and are proud of this association.
I would like to pay tribute to the following people in no particular order: *Mr Mark McArdle, our patron. He has been with us for many years and give us great support *Our skippers, Richard Wardrop, Mark Nash and Bob Bond. Our crews are in good hands with these men at the helm. *John Jenkins as he decided to take on the task of keeping our lawns neat and tidy and is doing a great job. *Mark Nash for maintaining our Facebook profile. We get many complimentary remarks from people around the country who can now see the work we do. *Noel Crossingham, our Vice President, does whatever needs to be done whenever called on and does it well. *Rhonda Crossingham, Secretary & Fiona Jenkins, Treasurer. These two wonderful ladies are the backbone of our organisation. The time, effort and dedication they provide is something we all should be grateful for.
Our finances are in good shape, as are our assets, our boat, trailer, vehicle and office equipment. This is a well-run organisation so thanks to everyone who has contributed.
Total Hours for both Shore & Boat 8651 hours Total Rubbish for both Shore & Boat 113130 litres
To our members I wish you and your families’ good health and happiness going forward.
George Vella, President September 2018