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"I genuinely love being a part of it"

The last Monday of the month is upon us and that means only one thing: it’s time to open our volunteer vault.


Here’s how our feature works: simply, we invite a current volunteer to talk about their experiences with the project. This time we hear from Mark (below left), who tells us more about his pairing with Harry (below right).

- How long have you been volunteering with Gig Buddies?


Coming up for 2.5 years.

- Is Gig Buddies your first volunteering role?


Aye.

- Why do you volunteer with Gig Buddies?


I volunteer with Gig Buddies because being able to combine all of your favourite things, i.e. great mates, live sport, a couple of cheeky beers whilst at the same time hopefully making a difference, is honestly incredible.

- How would you describe your volunteering experience with Gig Buddies?

Hand on heart it's been amazing. From meeting my buddy Harry who is an absolute legend, to so many other pairs of buddies and the beautiful team of people making Gig Buddies the success it is, it has been so much more than I could have ever imagined. I genuinely love being a part of it.

- Tell us about some of the highlights from your time volunteering with Gig Buddies?


There are so many highlights. It always inevitably revolves around sport with Harry and me. Whether it's at Brookvale watching the Sea Eagles, the SCG watching the Swans or Sixers or playing bowls or golf, there's always a ball involved.

I really enjoy doing events with other pairs too as I've met some great new friends along the way.

- What would you say to someone reading this who is thinking about volunteering with Gig Buddies?


Every day you spend thinking about it is another day you're missing out on meeting people who I guarantee will add so much fun, colour and joy to your life.

 

"Hand on heart it's been amazing"


Mark is a fine example of who we are and what aim to achieve. In his own words, “I genuinely love being a part of it (Gig Buddies)”.


We appreciate him taking the time to share his and Harry’s story.


If you would like to hear from other Gig Buddies' volunteers, check out our Volunteer Vault back catalogue by clicking here.

 

Come join the party


Like Mark and Harry, do you know someone who would benefit from joining our community? To sign up with our Sydney project click here, and jump on this link to get involved on the Central Coast.


As a reminder, we have a list of buddies based in Sydney and on the Central Coast who are currently looking for suitable volunteers.


By clicking on the 'volunteers wanted' images below, you can find out more about our current openings.

 

Are you looking to volunteer?

We need volunteers! Click on the image above for current Sydney roles and the graphic below for opportunities on the Central Coast.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact us via Facebook or email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org

 

Roll up, roll up


We’ve two Gig Buddies social events taking place within the next seven days.


Firstly, you’re invited to join us in Penrith for a Gig Buddies first: roller derby.


We’ll be front and centre, watching teams of hardcore roller skaters battle it out at Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre.

If you would like attend but are unsure on getting to the venue, get in touch. There is a possibility that Gig Buddies staff could meet participants on the train line towards Penrith.


To sign up (and to find out more about the event), head here.

 

Let battle commence


And one day later (Monday 7 August) we head to Hornsby for a battle of wits.

Before we commence the pub quiz, we’ll be refuelling on food and drink. To join us in Hornsby for pub trivia and dinner, load up this link.

 

August action


As for the rest of August, limited tickets are still available for our outings in Bondi, Forestville and Eastwood.

To join us for dinner and dancing, live music or our second ever 40+ gathering, load up the links below.

Please note, our catch up in Bankstown (26/8) has now sold out.

If you have any questions about our forthcoming gatherings, get in touch: we can be reached via Facebook Messenger, email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org or via text or phone call on 0411 252 228.

 

Each and every week we invite buddies to connect with us for our weekly chat.

Our chats take place via Zoom. To attend get in touch via text: 0422 061 990 or Facebook Messenger.

 

"It was good to reconnect with other buddies"


Every month we share the news and views of those who make up our user-led advisory group, Soul Fly Buddies.


This time it’s the turn of Karen (below right), who provides an update on her recent catch ups with buddy, Lisa (below left).

“On Saturday, 27th May, my buddy Lisa and I attended the Central Coast Comicon along with other gig buddies. The event took place at Central Coast Entertainment Grounds and provided a platform for enthusiasts and fans to come together and celebrate their love for comics, movies, and popular culture.


Both Lisa and I decided to participate in the fun by dressing up as iconic characters. I chose to embody the female Joker, while Lisa embraced the role of Catwoman. The event was filled with an electric atmosphere as we joined countless other individuals who had also put effort into their costumes. It was truly thrilling to witness the creative and imaginative cosplay on display.

Central Coast Comicon boasted a variety of stalls, each offering a unique range of merchandise related to comics, movies, and other aspects of pop culture. As we explored the event, we were captivated by the diverse array of collectibles and memorabilia available. From action figures and comic books to artwork and clothing, there was something for everyone. It was delightful to browse through the stalls, appreciating the attention to detail and passion behind each item.


One of the highlights of the day was witnessing the enthusiasm and dedication of fellow attendees. People of all ages, dressed in their favourite characters' costumes, created a vibrant and energetic atmosphere. The event provided a space for fans to engage with each other, exchanging compliments, taking photos, and discussing their shared interests. It was a heartwarming experience to witness the sense of community and camaraderie that prevailed throughout the day.


Central Coast Comicon delivered a range of entertainment options that catered to different interests. There were panel discussions, Q&A sessions with special guests, interactive activities, and live performances. The entertainment program allowed attendees to engage with industry professionals, learn more about their favourite franchises, and participate in engaging and enjoyable activities. The organisers successfully curated a diverse program that contributed to the overall enjoyment of the event.

Our experience at Central Coast Comicon was incredibly enjoyable. The event provided an immersive and engaging platform for fans to indulge in their shared passion for comics, movies, and popular culture. From the captivating costumes to the diverse stalls and entertaining activities, the day was filled with excitement and enthusiasm. The sense of community and shared interests added to the overall positive experience. We left the event with lasting memories and a desire to return in the future.


Overall, Central Coast Comicon was a resounding success, and we highly recommend it to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a world of fantasy, creativity, and entertainment.


Additionally, Lisa and I caught up last Sunday at the Christmas in July social, held in Gosford. This event was another exciting gathering for our gig buddy group. It was a chance for us to celebrate the holiday season in a unique way, embracing the festive spirit even during the mid-year. It was a joyful atmosphere, with traditional food and drinks.


It was good to reconnect with other buddies and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals who share our enthusiasm for festive celebrations.”


- Karen, Soul Fly Buddies

 

A meeting of minds


On the subject of Soul Fly Buddies, they caught up last Friday (28/7) for a mid-year meet.


Often, their monthly meetings take place via Zoom. However, this time members travelled from Sydney and the Central Coast to Hawkesbury.

As always, it’s great to get in insight from our user-led team. Thanks to everyone for joining us on the Sydney/Central Coast border.


If you would like to know more about what Soul Fly Buddies discuss, the minutes from all their monthly meetings can be found here.

 

Three is the magic number


It’s wonderful to welcome three new matches to the family.

Happy buddying to Donna and Tania (top, L - R), Nikhil and Sandy (left, L - R) and Caitlin and Penny (right, L - R). We’re looking forward to hearing about your forthcoming catch ups.

 

Prepped and ready to go


Additionally, we’re delighted to welcome two newly trained volunteers to the fold.

We want to say thanks to Natalie and Amy (L - R) for joining us on Zoom last week.

 

Say hello


And lastly, if you or someone you know will be in attendance at this weekend’s Sydney Disability Expo, be sure to pop by our tent.


We’ll be there on both days (Friday 4th and Saturday 5th), from 9am - 4pm.


Sydney Disability Expo takes place at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Entry is free.

 

Matthew: Central Coast coordinator (0402 708 814)


Carol: CEO (02 9419 6951)

Chelsea: NDIS coordinator (0412 145 819)

Tony: Funding and sponsorship coordinator (02 9419 6951)

Bec: Sydney coordinator (0411 252 228)

Aylin: Western Sydney coordinator (0466 389 961)

Lara: Greater Western Sydney coordinator (0478 045 121)

Sandon: Southern Sydney coordinator (0478 043 996)


 

Would you like more information about Gig BuddiesSydney? You’re only a click away. Connect with us via the links below.

 

Fancy revelling in legendary status? If so, please support us in our cause to get more people out to live events in Sydney.


Donations over $2 are tax deductible and all are gratefully received.

The Gig Buddies Sydney project is an initiative of ACL Disability Services.



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