Mez Smith, a dedicated volunteer with the Hervey Bay Ukulele Music Pickers and Strummers (HUMPS), has dedicated an incredible 10 years of her life to spreading the joy of music. Over this decade, Mez has poured thousands of hours into her volunteer work, positively impacting hundreds of individuals in the Hervey Bay community.

For Mez, the decision to volunteer was driven by a desire to share the uplifting power of music. Joining HUMPS provided her with a platform to connect with others and bring the joy of ukulele music to the community.

One of Mez’s most memorable experiences is the realisation that their music helps people reconnect and find joy in their lives. Being told that their efforts save lives underscores the profound impact of music on well-being and mental health.

A person who left a lasting impression on Mez is Jim Daniel. His influence played a crucial role in getting her involved in playing music, setting her on a path to share the joy of music with others.

Summing up her volunteer journey in one word, Mez chooses “Fulfilling.”

For her, the decade of strumming joy through the ukulele has been about bringing joy back to others and witnessing the positive transformations music can inspire.

Mez Smith’s story exemplifies the transformative power of music and the profound impact that dedicated volunteers can have on the well-being of individuals and communities. Her commitment to spreading joy through ukulele playing showcases the importance of creative and meaningful avenues for volunteering.