IT'S amazing to look at the statistics as to what just one volunteer can achieve.
Bruce Moore was recently recognised for 30 years of volunteer service to the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre (TVIC), from which he has now retired.
In that time, co-ordinator Joanne Bray said he had given over 9500 hours of his time, "had a good ol' yarn and laugh" (Bruce's words) with about 50,000 visitors, and swept the verandah 2400 times to ensure the centre was always well presented.
"Bruce exemplified authentic country hospitality," Joanne said.
"He was always keen to welcome our Visitor Information Centre customers as guests to our region - often greeting them on the verandah before they even got inside!"
An outgoing character, Bruce said he had always loved meeting people and would miss his days at the centre, but health and family meant it was time for a change.
Joanne said Bruce would definitely be missed.
There are currently more than 70 local residents in the visitor centre's volunteer program - all aged over 50.
"Our program is popular with people who are transitioning to retirement and beyond," Joanne said.
"Our volunteers help visitors make the very best of their time in the Toowoomba region, so require a good local knowledge, sound computer skills, a ready smile and a passion for meeting and talking to people about the stories and experiences of our area."
On-the-job training is provided, and volunteers are rostered with other volunteers and supported by staff.
If you are interested in joining the team and keeping up Bruce's good work, call Joanne Bray on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 331 155.