Blue light discos helped spark volunteer run for Rockingham PCYC vollie


Marilyn Chircop at the Rockingham PCYC.
Marilyn Chircop at the Rockingham PCYC.

HELPING out at the odd Blue Light Disco in the mid-1990s set Marilyn Chircop on a volunteering path that has spanned more than two decades.

Mrs Chircop has been volunteering at the Rockingham Police and Citizens Youth Club on Emma Street in Rockingham.

She said it was her own children that inspired her to help other kids.

“My girls used to do dancing here so hubby and I would help out with fundraisers such as the ‘stomps’ (Blue Light Discos) and barbeques for their dancing,” she said.

“It was fairly sporadic, just the odd weekend before it led to my husband Martin doing the Police Rangers and quite a few years later I took up more volunteering by doing the Joey Rangers.

“I did that with another life member Maureen Major.

“I also have racked up many hours in the canteen and done the Bingo nights for ages.

“I started doing outreach with police officer Tim Ellis every Thursday evening where we would go and speak with young people.”

The rangers groups undertake positive youth development through adventure based programs for young people from seven through to 18-years-old.

She said PCYC aimed to help youth make positive life changes and create a space and inclusive space for them to grow, learn and have fun.

These days she has cut back on her volunteering but that was due to gaining casual employment for the administrative side of the Rockingham PCYC.

“It’s good because you get to help the kids,” she said.

“They come back afterwards.”

“They are good adults with values and I think I had a hand in that which is very rewarding.”

“Now families follow, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews – it’s great to that so many are helped and value the programs here.

She said they still run the discos but with a modern twist.

“Recently we had a glow-light disco – everyone had a ball.”

 

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