CELEBRATING WORK OF VOLUNTEERS
NATIONAL Volunteer Week, which runs from yesterday through to Sunday, is an opportunity to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of community groups and individuals.
More than 600,000 West Australians volunteer in some capacity across the State, giving 315 million hours worth more than $39 billion.
This year’s message of “Give Happy, Live Happy”, according to Volunteering WA, is based on research which indicates that a helpful life is more likely to be a happier, healthier and longer one.
Volunteering WA chief executive officer Tina Williams says volunteers are the backbone of communities in cities and towns around the State.
“Across Australia, national, State and territory volunteering peak bodies, volunteer resource centres, as well as thousands of volunteer-involving organisations will be celebrating their volunteers and sharing the message that ‘Volunteering is something to smile about’,” Ms Williams said.