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?