Volunteers make town great
HELIDON wouldn't be the great town it is with the help of volunteers like John Thomas.
John has been an active member of the Helidon community for the past 33 years, doing many long hours of volunteer work in many areas in the development of the Helidon township.
Having lived in the Lockyer Valley for most of his life, John has been involved in many organisations within the Helidon community and has held numerous positions on the different committees.
He is a founding member of the Helidon and District Community Centre, spending weekends fundraising which saw more than $20,000 raised in 14 months (a feat back in 1989).
This building today is used by organisations and also houses the Helidon RSL.
He has also been involved with the Helidon Progress Association, Helidon Tennis Club, Helidon State School and Pre-school and Helidon Masonic Lodge.
John is the secretary/treasurer of the Helidon Cemetery Trust, who manage and maintain the Helidon Cemetery, a position he has held for nearly 30 years.
He is also a Lieutenant with Queensland Fire and Rescue, having been presented with two National Medals for nearly 30 years of service.
This involves being on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Helidon is fortunate to have such a dedicated Fire Brigade.
He has also been involved in all these organisations in a volunteer capacity, except for the Queensland Fire and Rescue.
John is a Senior First Aid Instructor and holds current certificates in Emergency Medical Response and all relevant First Aid areas.
He has competed in and won several individual and team events/competitions with First Aid.
He has been involved in all aspects of First Aid for approximately 35 years.
John has also been a blood donor since 1976 and has given his time freely to this community over the past 33 years.