Im­por­tant role

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

VOL­UN­TEERS make Aus­tralia a bet­ter and more car­ing place to live. This week is Na­tional Volunteer Week (May 9-15) and we want to thank all vol­un­teers for ev­ery­thing they do. Each year across Aus­tralia more than six mil­lion vol­un­teers not only bring hap­pi­ness to the peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties they help, but they get to also ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of help­ing oth­ers. And the ben­e­fits of vol­un­teer­ing go much fur­ther than that. Vol­un­teers add value to our com­mu­ni­ties by build­ing trust, re­la­tion­ships and con­nec­tions be­tween peo­ple. Plus they boost so­cial en­gage­ment and help com­mu­ni­ties to share skills and re­sources. Sim­ply put, vol­un­teers make our com­mu­ni­ties stronger and more re­silient. There are more than 20,000 Red Cross vol­un­teers in Aus­tralia. They sup­port lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, they help the chil­dren of refugees with their home­work, they are there in times of dis­as­ter both in Aus­tralia and over­seas, they take the time to talk to those who are lonely ev­ery day, and many other ac­tiv­i­ties. It is all about peo­ple help­ing peo­ple in very prac­ti­cal ways. Thank you to all vol­un­teers – wher­ever you are and no mat­ter who you volunteer for – your gen­eros­ity cre­ates a more sup­port­ive, con­nected, in­clu­sive and hap­pier Aus­tralia. Judy Slatyer Aus­tralian Red Cross CEO

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