KIRA Seeley loves nothing more than taking one day off every month to be a kid again.
The 25-year-old freight industry project co-ordinator has been a volunteer with the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state youth department for the past seven months as “buddy” to disadvantaged children.
Buddies Day programs offer children aged eight to 12 a day away from their normal home situations for a day out with teenage and young adult role models like Kira.
“One day really changes lives,” she said.
Kira recently hopped on a bus with more than 40 children headed for Coolum for the program’s Kids’ Camp getaway.
The former Catholic school student said volunteering was an important part of her high school studies.
“I volunteered at a home for the elderly one day a week in Year 11,” Kira said.
Between working full-time and studying a masters of business administration, she put volunteer opportunities on the backburner.
But stressful days made her turn to Vinnies Youth’s Buddies Day program.
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