Local heroes honored at Logan City volunteer awards

The mayor said it first: “Not all heroes wear capes.”

Indeed, community heroes Sarah Weir of Jimboomba and the organization 4207 Helping Hands who were named recipients of the 2024 City of Logan Volunteer Awards, wouldn’t even have the time to change into one.

Sarah earned the Volunteer of the Year Frank Lenz Memorial Award for her vital role following last December’s Christmas Day storms. Collaborating with the Rotary Club of Jimboomba, Sarah coordinated emergency relief at the Jimboomba Community and District Hall, offering meals, food donations, laundry services, and a safe space for those affected. She provided regular online updates and worked with stakeholders during the storm clean-up. Sarah continues to support families by referring them to additional services as needed.

The Davida Steele Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Organization went to 4207 Helping Hands. Founder Claire Allen manages the group from her Beenleigh home, balancing family and work commitments. The organization uses a barter system where donated items are swapped for groceries and distributed in hampers to those in need. Supporters can visit their Facebook page to contribute.

Mayor Jon Raven highlighted the tradition of the Volunteer Awards, established in 1988.

“These awards recognize that not all heroes wear capes,” Cr Raven said.

“Logan is the youngest, most diverse, and fastest-growing city in the state, but it’s also the kindest. Our community spirit is our point of difference, and this year’s nominees exemplify that.

I congratulate Sarah Weir and 4207 Helping Hands and thank them for their service. During the Christmas storm event, I witnessed Sarah’s dedication firsthand. She supported residents without power for up to 14 weeks.”

The 2024 awards featured a breakfast for local volunteers at the Logan Entertainment Centre, with Australian paracanoeist and former soldier Curtis McGrath as the guest speaker.

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