DO SOMETHING DAY
Wednesday June 15, 2016
SYDNEY, it’s time to DoSomething to make this city a nicer, kinder place.
The first-ever DoSomething Day, to be held on June 15, will be Australia’s biggest ever celebration of volunteering and random acts of kindness.
Launched by NewsLocal newspapers, the DoSomething charity and Clubs NSW, it urges everybody to do something positive.
It might be helping an older person with shopping, supporting a local charity or community group, buying a homeless person a meal, picking up rubbish or mowing an ill neighbour’s lawn.
NewsLocal editor-in-chief Kathy Lipari said DoSomething Day would bring out the best in Sydneysiders.
“We are proud of being a nation that pitches in and looks out for each other,” she said. “DoSomething Day is all about highlighting that and focusing on taking time out of our busy days to lend a helping hand to others.”
Jon Dee, founder of the DoSomething organisation which links volunteers and charities, said Australia would be a poorer place without volunteers. “DoSomething Day is a great day to thank these wonderful Australians who give back and do their bit,” he said.
Clubs NSW chief executive Anthony Ball said volunteers, such as those found in clubs across the state, were committed to making a valuable contribution to others in their local communities.
“The club industry in NSW boasts over 44,000 volunteers who dedicate 1.6 million hours of their time per year to activities like running the sausage sizzle at sport on Saturdays, raising funds for cancer research and picking up rubbish around the local neighbourhood,” Mr Ball said.
Surf Life Saving NSW is one of the biggest volunteer organisations in Australia, with more than 77,000 members, including 21,000 patrolling members.
Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club member Mia Roberts, 17, has been a clubbie for 12 years and said she could not think of a better use for her spare time.
“They (the club) encourage you to do your best – it’s about that community feeling,” she said.
“You’re there because you want to be there.”
Mitch Ponton and Mia Roberts from Avalon Beach SLSC.