Tourists like to bump into Cynthia

KNOWING everything Rockhampton has to offer comes in handy for 76-year-old Cynthia Ashton.

For 24 years she has been telling tourists and newly acquainted residents of Rockhampton the area's highlights from the Botanic Gardens to the beach.

And unlike many volunteers of Capricorn Tourism that may have to drive to the organisation to help out, Mrs Ashton conveniently lives across the road.

"Part of the reason why I started helping out at Capricorn Tourism was the handiness of where I lived,'' she said.

"I enjoy meeting new people whether they are in a caravan, mobile home or backpacking from Canada, USA or Israel.''

Mrs Ashton said she would do her best to make visitors stay longer in Rockhampton and see the sights.

"Rockhampton is the beef capital of Australia, so I encourage them to go to the saleyards,'' she said.

If the saleyards are not what the tourists are looking for in a holiday, Mrs Ashton sells the Rockhampton district with it's Botanic Gardens, Rock Pool Water Park and the Capricorn Coast's Great Keppel Island.

When Mrs Ashton is not volunteering at Capricorn Tourism, she's helping out at Rockhampton High School's tuckshop making healthy sandwiches for the hungry students.

She said she had been working at the tuckshop for 33 years.

"Every first and third Tuesday I am at the tuckshop helping out,'' she said.

"Sometimes there is a shortage of volunteers and I am always there to help out.''

If you would like to become a volunteer of Capricorn Tourism phone 4927?2055.



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