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30 minutes with … Matt Butler

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Tue, 2019-11-19 07:18 -- Matt Butler
What is the exact title of your role? 
Fundraising & Donor Development Officer. It essentially means I have the pleasure of raising funds for Epilepsy Queensland.
 
Where do you currently work & how long have you been working there?
I’m working in the fundraising department of Epilepsy Queensland and I’ve been in this position now for nearly five months. 
 
Where else have you worked in your life?  
I’ve worked in the Not for Profit sector for five different charities spanning over 24 years.
 
What do you love about your job?  
It is a cliché but I’ve remained in the not for profit sector including working at Epilepsy Queensland and I actually like giving back to the community and trying to make a difference for people in need. I am an extrovert so I love meeting all of the amazing people who host events and fundraise for Epilepsy Queensland.
 
Where would you most like to travel? 
I have Scottish heritage so one day I’d like to visit Scotland, Ireland and England.  Some of my family members went to the effort of developing a family tree and produced a book of our linage back to land owners from Scotland, which is very cool to read.  Being able to trace my ancestry to a particular part of Scotland and then visit this area would be brilliant. 
 
What is your favourite food? 
I just love Thai food. However, a good old-fashioned roast dinner has always been a love for me too.
 
Describe your most embarrassing moment?  
My girlfriend and I were swimming in a pool on an inflatable tyre tube.  I thought we had floated into the very deep end and panicked when we both fell off the tube into the water. My first thoughts were that my girlfriend couldn’t swim so I burst into action.  I swam down beneath her and tried to push her to the surface. I was having no success and lungs near bursting point I had to surface.  My girlfriend wondering what I was doing was casually standing on the pool bottom. We had drifted into the shallow end and she was in no fear of drowning. How embarrassing!
 
What is your favourite book/author? 
I’m a fan of Dean R Koontz. His book “lightning” is my favourite. 
 
Who is the most famous person you have ever met?  Or who would you like to meet?  
I’ve been lucky enough to meet a number of famous people including Wally Lewis, Craig Lowndes, Jamie Wincup, Allan Langer, Allan Border, Trevor Gillmeister to name a few.  
 
What genres of music do you like listening to/favourite song?
I’m not a big music listener but I do like a bit of Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi. I am acquiring a taste for jazz.  
 
Do you have any interesting hobbies you would like to tell us about? 
Nothing too exciting, I enjoy volleyball, cricket and am delving into photography. 
 
What do you feel would greatly improve epilepsy care currently in Queensland? 
I believe that it would be beneficial to have a larger presence in regional Queensland.  Our funding only stretches so far and to be able to provide support for more remote areas of our state would be fantastic.  Perhaps having the capability of utilising remote counselling via video hookup would be a future option.