Gladstone resident Ian Lyons has been a volunteer with Friends of RSPCA for the past year.
Gladstone resident Ian Lyons has been a volunteer with Friends of RSPCA for the past year.

Volunteer van man needs help

IT WAS more a case of who he knew that resulted in Ian Lyons becoming a volunteer with Friends of RSPCA Gladstone.

A volunteer van driver with the not-for-profit organisation for about the past year, Mr Lyons admits it was his sister-in-law Judy Whicker – publicity officer for Friends of RSPCA Gladstone – who roped him in.

“I volunteered at the Gladstone Harbour Festival for 10 years when Judy was there and she roped me in again,” Mr Lyons said.

“I am retired now so I have plenty of time to give.”

Mr Lyons is the first to admit volunteering for Friends of RSPCA Gladstone is extremely rewarding. The group operates with minimal van drivers and is in urgent need of recruiting some newcomers to their volunteer ranks.

Operating on a roster system, the role would suit those who are semi-retired, retired or with some spare time on their hands.

Volunteer van drivers must have a manual driver's licence, a good driving record, a sense of humour and, ultimately, a love for cats and dogs.

Van drivers transport animals to vet appointments and adoptions and are also required to pick up animals from the pound and take them to the adoption centre for processing.

Those interested in volunteering or finding out further information can phone Judy Whicker on 0417065394.