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Brisbane Basket Brigade 2021 Community Volunteer Packing Weekend

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The Brisbane Basket Brigade Community Packing Weekend is back bigger and better than ever in 2021 and is set to place over 11 and 12 December at 39 Mayne Rd, Bowen Hills QLD 4006, Australia.

We also have limited community volunteer roles for our paid Corporate event on Friday 10 December 2021. 

Continuing on from 2020, the Saturday will be the more traditional Packing Day with gift wrapping, food sorting & packing and preparing the baskets ready for delivery, with Sunday now being used for deliveries only to ensure that we can deliver all the baskets by the end of the packing weekend.

Are you able to help us ensure that over 2,000 baskets are ready to be packed and delivered to those in need right here in Brisbane plus a small group to the Sunshine Coast over the packing weekend?  

In 2020 we managed to sort, pack and distribute over 30 tonnes of food and gifts and to wrap over 12,000 gifts which were anonymously given to families, individuals and the homeless doing it tough within the greater Brisbane community to remind them that someone cares and to help put a smile on their face and in their hearts at Christmas.  In 2021 we have again increased our goals by 20% so we can guarantee that it’s going to be huge!

The weekend itself is organised chaos however there is a huge variety of ways that you can get involved.  To join our packing weekend please sign up for your free ticket below in the category or shift that best suits you. 

We welcome children to our packing weekend (it is Christmas after all) and we want to make sure that they also get to experience the joy of giving back at Christmas.  If you are bringing a minor they MUST hold a valid ticket in their own name.  To purchase a ticket for a minor please ensure that you complete the First Name section of the ticket to include your name as guardian/parent for (e.g. John Smith as parent/guardian for Jayne) and then complete the child’s last name in the last name field.

If you are wanting to deliver on behalf of Brisbane Basket Brigade please see our Community Volunteer Driver program to sign-up at 2021 Delivery Driver Sign-Up.  Provided tickets are available we welcome people to sign up for both programs so long as the shift times do not overlap.

Below is a brief overview of the roles that we have over the packing weekend.  Although we will certainly try to make sure you are allocated in the role for your entire shift, we always invite people to do other certain roles as they crop up over the weekend.  Just let one of our team know if you’re willing to help out where we need you most.

  • Parking Attendants and general roustabouts – this role will help our volunteers find the right carpark on the day, provide directions for our delivery drivers and assist with deliveries to the venue as required
  • Registration Desk attendants – helping to check in our volunteers before each shift and provide general administrative assistance
  • Drop-off crew – assisting our general roustabouts with deliveries and sorting the deliveries within the venue
  • General packing day volunteers – these are a 4 hour shift where you could be doing a range of activities from wrapping and sorting gifts, sorting food and packing coloured (large family) food bags, assembling and decorating gift boxes and/or preparing the gift boxes ready for delivery
  • ADULT ONLY roustabouts – assisting with removal of rubbish and boxes within the venue and removing to nearby recycling station and various roustabout activities, assisting with large pick-ups by recipient organisations and general assistance as required (must be fit and healthy)
  • Funsters – a fun job for a young family that will get to hand out treats and drinks to the other community volunteers
  • Dispatch Crew - help organise and arrange baskets for delivery.  Minimum age for children in this role is 12 years old.

To ensure we comply with COVID restrictions we must have a record of every participant and ensure that we do not exceed the venue’s capacity.  If your child does not have their own ticket they will not be permitted to enter the venue.

Check in and you’re good to go!

We’re using the Check In Qld app to help keep you COVID safe the next time you visit. All you need to do is:

  • visit for links to download the app from Google Play or Apple App stores
  • enter your details once when you first open the app
  • open the app when you next visit us
  • select ‘Check in Now’ and scan or enter our code

Using this digital check in means your details will be stored securely by the Queensland Government for 56 days to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing (if needed).

The Check In Qld app is safe, secure and private. By using it, you are helping Queensland to stay open, and you can visit us with confidence, knowing you can be contacted quickly and easily if there is any risk of exposure to the virus.

If you have any queries about how the program works please reach out to us at and we will get back to you.

For all the details of who we are, what we do and other ways you can get involved you can download a copy of our Brisbane Basket Brigade Ultimate Guide. Be sure to check out pages 24 to 25 of the guide for all the details and FAQs relating to the Community Packing Weekend.

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