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Foundation farewells chair

OLD GUARD: Gary Hopkins, Paul Clark and Heinz Seeberg were all Buderim Foundation Chairs.
OLD GUARD: Gary Hopkins, Paul Clark and Heinz Seeberg were all Buderim Foundation Chairs. Contributed

IT WAS one of the most rewarding and satisfying things Heinz Seeberg has done, but now he's decided the time has come to offer somebody else a turn at the job.

The Buderim Foundation Chair announced has retirement and will hand over the position at the organisation's AGM in September.

Mr Seeberg reflected it had been an "immensely rewarding” experience.

"I think it's the ideal position for anybody who is wanting to give back to their community and lead a wonderful team of volunteers,” he said.

"I'm pleased to have been able to contribute, especially when it came to our grants recipients who you could see were making a real difference in the community.”

The Foundation is now looking for its next leader to carry them through the coming years.

Interested parties are reviewed and vetted by the organisation's founding members ahead of September's meeting.

Foundation Member Rod McKinnon said it was a shame to lose Mr Seeberg's leadership but his retirement was not a surprise.

"There's some sadness in losing Heinz,” he said.

"He did a good job and stepped up to the challenge well.

"The chair position is a great opportunity for somebody within the community who has connections to philanthropy, can lead volunteers and like building capacity for change.”

Mr McKinnon added they were seeking somebody who could ideally commit to three to four years in the position.

The retirement announcement comes alongside the launch of the Foundation's 2017 grants program, which offers bursaries up to $10,000 to community organisations.

Chair of the Foundation's grants committee Lisa Edward said this year, successful grant applicants were likely to share a total grant pool of about $60,000.

"Grant giving to community organisations is the Foundation's core business and is at the very heart of its purpose,” she said.

Interested parties are encouraged to apply online via www.buderimfoundation .org.au/grants or phone 54561757 for more information.

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