Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Han­nelore Hep­burn

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.

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