Celebrating volunteers – the lifeblood of the WA recfishing community

This week (18 – 24 May) is National Volunteer Week and we’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the unsung heroes across the State who contribute to recfishing and our mission to make great fishing experiences for all in the WA community, forever.

Keen recfishers put their hand up to do our part and clean up our waterways

With this year’s theme ‘Changing communities, changing lives’, here is just some of the amazing work volunteers do:

This is not to mention the thousands of hours volunteers tirelessly put in to keep local fishing clubs running and beating at the heart of local communities.

Volunteers like Luke can help spark a lifelong passion for safe and sustainable fishing.

It takes a genuine community spirit to give time freely for volunteering and a belief in the positive difference fishing can make in people’s lives, but volunteers get something back in return. Recfishwest Fishing Clinic instructor Luke Doherty, Fishing Clinic Instructor says, “It gives me a chance to connect with people and hopefully have a positive impact on their lives, even if it’s as simple as being a friendly face that says ‘hello’.”

Exmouth Reef Vision volunteer Lindsay Shaw says, ” It’s more than a way of giving back – I’m able to test my skills and abilities, and challenge myself on the water, meet new people and share some of the great fishing King reef and Exmouth has to offer.”

Lindsay plays an important role in sharing catches, and underwater footage with Exmouth locals and the wider recfishing community.

Recfishwest Fishing Clinic instructor Kim Burton adds, “Volunteering is about sharing my knowledge and experience as well as passing on some of the finer skills to children. I get as much pleasure seeing children at our clinics catch quality fish as I do catching fish myself. I’ve been a volunteer for years and its been an absolute honour.”

Kim and Alan have been volunteering as fishing clinic instructors for more than 20 years and enjoy providing children opportunities they wouldn’t normally have.

Many of our events and programs would simply not be able to operate without vollies like Luke, Lindsay and Kim, allowing us to continue delivering on our commitment to protect, promote and create sustainable, accessible, enjoyable and safe fishing for the benefit of the WA community.

On behalf of our Board, our members and staff THANK YOU to all our volunteers and to all of those in the wider recfishing community for making such a positive contribution.

Interested in volunteering for Recfishwest?

We are currently looking for volunteers for our Exmouth Reef Vision program! If you live within a close proximity to Exmouth’s King Reef and have a boat, click here to find out more and get in touch with us.

Alternatively you can join our volunteer database and we will get in touch next time we have an event we need help with!  More info here.

THANK YOU to all our volunteers and to all of those in the wider recfishing community for making such a positive contribution.