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After a wide-ranging career as a milk delivery driver, carpenter joiner, and field crew supervisor, Steve Hakkennes is helping frail, elderly and disadvantaged Gold Coast locals cruise around town.

Mr Hakkennes is a volunteer driver for Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services, a growing not-for-profit organisation that provides community transport services {LINK} to eligible locals.

Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services provides door-to-door pick-up services in a mini bus or station wagon and transports clients around the Gold Coast, allowing them to maintain their independence in their own homes.

“After an early redundancy from my previous employer, I was looking for a new opportunity that would make use of my driving skills and give me a fresh start.”

“I’m in charge of taking care of the vehicle, filling in log sheets, checking run sheets, helping clients get on and off the bus and ensuring they are seated and buckled up,” Mr Hakkennes said.

“I have a great time with the staff in the office and enjoy building a friendly rapport with all the clients I transport, giving them a safe and comfortable journey and having a chat if they want to.”

Mr Hakkennes encourages others to give back to their local community through volunteering.

“I’ve been involved in the community volunteering for over 28 years through junior baseball and tee ball leagues and as Vice President of the social club committee at my previous company,” he said.

“I’ve always enjoyed my experiences as a volunteer and I strongly encourage other people to give it a go.

If you’re looking to make new friends and learn new skills it’s the perfect opportunity for you.

Find out how you can Become a Volunteer {LINK}.