The Nationals member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty is inviting residents of the Lowan electorate to celebrate Volunteers Week between 13th and 19th May.
“The theme of for the week will be “Thanks a Million” – and it is an opportunity to raise the profile of volunteering and highlight that volunteering is important to our local society and the contribution of all volunteers must be recognised,” Mr Delahunty said.
“Statistics show that more than 6 million people do some voluntary work annually representing 36% of the adult population.
“Volunteers are the backbone of any community, especially country communities and they provide much needed assistance to not only organisations but also to individuals,” Mr. Delahunty said.
Volunteering is not only giving to the community but there are many rewards gained from volunteer work such as meeting people, learning new skills and developing self-esteem.
“The theme for National Volunteers Week is “Thanks a Million” and with all the pressures of life it is now, more than ever, that we need our volunteers to keep our sporting, arts and community organisations viable.
“People volunteer because they not only gain personal satisfaction in helping others but also develop social networks, gain work experience and maintain existing skills.”
“The importance of volunteers cannot be underestimated. Volunteers provide vital service in country areas through organisations such as Country Fire Authority which relies heavily on the volunteer workforce. Not only do I congratulate our volunteers for their wonderful contributions to our communities, but I also encourage others to take up the challenge to become a volunteer.”
“I believe in the philosophy “in giving we receive” so on behalf of all the people in the Lowan electorate I say a big thank you to all volunteers,” Mr. Delahunty said.