Wed­nes­day June 15, 2016

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

Pic­ture: Martin Lange

Mitch Pon­ton and Mia Roberts from Avalon Beach SLSC.

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