Vi­tal vol­un­teers

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION - Monto Jour­nal­ist Ge­orge Smith

OUR so­ci­ety val­ues so many things, like goods or ser­vices, by a mon­e­tary value.

But what of vol­un­teers – the un­sung hard work­ers who are happy to give their time free of charge purely through the good­ness of their heart?

I am speak­ing from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence as I have vol­un­teered at var­i­ous times inmy life with the most re­cent be­ing the Satur­day morn­ing shift for Monto’s Driver Re­viver team last week­end.

Thiswas the first time I had vol­un­teered for Driver Re­viver and, like many sim­i­lar op­er­a­tions, it is dif­fi­cult to put a pre­cise dol­lar value on the ben­e­fits for so­ci­ety.

Driver Re­vivers op­er­ate through spon­sor­ship and do­na­tions from the driv­ing pub­lic and yes, there con­tin­ues to be a high road toll.

But how many lives does this ser­vice save?

Sim­i­lar com­par­isons can be made with Meals on Wheels where vol­un­teers de­liver meals and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion to those af­fected by age or dis­abil­ity.

Peo­ple in th­ese sit­u­a­tions have lost some de­gree of in­de­pen­dence, but this ser­vice al­lows them to stay home where most are hap­pi­est and main­tain a rea­son­able sense of well­be­ing.

Money does make the world go round, but there are some things money can not buy.

Where would we be with­out vol­un­teers?

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