Premier throws sup­port be­hind cam­paign to pro­mote vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity on June 15

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

Wed­nes­day June 15, 2016

PREMIER Mike Baird has thrown his sup­port be­hind NewsLo­cal’s DoSome­thing Day, cham­pi­oning it for bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and shin­ing the light on the great work thou­sands of vol­un­teers do.

The in­au­gu­ral DoSome­thing Day will be held on Wed­nes­day, June 15 and is a na­tional event to cel­e­brate vol­un­teer­ing in all its forms.

Mr Baird said he hadn’t quite de­cided how he would spend the day, but said it would likely in­volve some vol­un­teer­ing of his own.

But, he said, his “main point will be to en­cour­age as many peo­ple as I can, and thank the many vol­un­teers that are in my com­mu­nity and across the state – like those at the Manly Com­mu­nity Cen­tre”.

“Vol­un­teer­ing is what brings com­mu­ni­ties to­gether,” Mr Baird said.

“While the rest of us are go­ing about our daily lives, here at the Manly Com­mu­nity Cen­tre we have vol­un­teers that are help­ing vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, home­less­ness, men­tal ill­ness and those vul­ner­a­ble in our com­mu­nity.”

The Premier backed DoSome­thing Day while an­nounc­ing $2.8 mil­lion in fund­ing for com­mu­nity shel­ters.

While more fund­ing was vi­tal, Mr Baird said the cam­paign raised aware­ness about the need for vol­un­teers.

“Why not give an hour or two a week, help your com­mu­nity, help or­gan­i­sa­tions ... give them a go,” he said.

Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia Monika Radulovic also added her sup­port to the DoSome­thing cam­paign.

“It’s only a small thing but I like to bake things for my elderly neigh­bours. I had one in par­tic­u­lar where I used to live, her name is Maureen, and I’d visit her and just sit with her and lis- ten to her sto­ries and chat.”

Launched by NewsLo­cal news­pa­pers, the DoSome­thing char­ity and Your Lo­cal Club, DoSome­thing Day urges ev­ery­body to do some­thing pos­i­tive for their com­mu­nity.

It might be sup­port­ing a char­ity, pick­ing up rub­bish, help­ing a neigh­bour or sim­ply buy­ing some­one a cof­fee.

Dur­ing the 24-hour pe­riod on June 15 post your pho­tos and videos with the hash­tags #dosomethingday and #giveyourbest.

Aus­tralia Miss Uni­verse Monika Radulovic

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