Com­mu­nity stars’ re­ward

VOL­UN­TEERS GET NIGHT AT OB­SER­VA­TORY

Midland Reporter - - Opinion -

A NIGHT of stargaz­ing and a chance to learn more about the galaxy is on the cards for vol­un­teers who sup­port their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The Kala­munda State Emer­gency Ser­vice and Kala­munda Bush Fire Bri­gade se­cured a grant to­wards the cost of an event to strengthen friend­ships among their vol­un­teers out­side the call of duty.

Kala­munda SES deputy lo­cal man­ager Cath In­man said the grant would largely fund “a night un­der the stars to thank our com­mu­nity stars” at Bickley Ob­ser­va­tory.

“We con­tin­u­ally sup­port one an­other through emer­gen­cies, train­ing and other times in need, and we op­er­ate un­der the same lo­cal head­quar­ters roof in the Shire of Kala­munda,” she said.

“It will be nice to have a fun ac­tiv­ity to give back to our vol­un­teers on May 13.”

Ms In­man said it was the first time they had ap­plied for a grant and the or­gan­i­sa­tions were ex­tremely grate­ful to Vol­un­teer­ing WA and Lot­tery­west for the recog­ni­tion.

The 2017 theme for Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, from May 8 to 4, is “give happy, live happy” be­cause ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­search, vol­un­teers live hap­pier and health­ier lives.

For de­tails, visit vol­un­teer­ingwa.org.au/train­ing--events/ na­tional-vol­un­teer-week.

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