Vol­un­teers make Pil­bara world go around smoothly

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Robyn Gul­liver

■ One of the Pil­bara’s great­est as­sets is its com­mu­nity. In the mid­dle of a vast an­cient land­scape with a re­mark­able history and cul­tural her­itage are pock­ets of “busy­ness”, where peo­ple are com­ing to­gether in th­ese com­mu­ni­ties to make this place even bet­ter and brighter.

A lot of this work is be­ing un­der­taken by ded­i­cated and en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers, and no mat­ter what your in­ter­est is there are a huge range of or­gan­i­sa­tions you can join in with.

In our Down to Earth col­umn we have fo­cused on the Com­mu­nity Gar­den and Kar­ratha En­viro Group vol­un­teer­ing, but there are many other groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions that you can also be­come in­volved with.

There are so many ben­e­fits to vol­un­teer­ing. It is of­ten one of the best ways to meet new peo­ple and find new ac­tiv­i­ties when liv­ing in a new place. Whether the Pil­bara is a per­ma­nent or tem­po­rary home, work­ing to­gether on shared projects creates a sense of pur­pose and pride in place. Not only does vol­un­teer­ing strengthen a com­mu­nity, it can also just be a whole lot of fun.

From an­i­mal pro­tec­tion, to an­nual events such as White Rib­bon Day, from the Re­cy­cled Art Com­pe­ti­tion to home-based school­ing net­works, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one. For those who are in­ter­ested in com­mu­nity work, there are a range of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Ro­tary, Apex and the Li­ons with a va­ri­ety of projects on the go such as the new Kar­ratha Men’s Shed.

An­other one of the Pil­bara com­mu­nity’s strengths is the huge range of sport­ing clubs. For ev­ery group of par­tic­i­pants in a sport­ing club is a group of vol­un­teers in the back­ground en­sur­ing ev­ery­thing func­tions smoothly.

With­out vol­un­teers, op­por­tu­ni­ties for par­tic­i­pat­ing in sports such as wa­ter polo, bas­ket­ball, net­ball and a huge range of oth­ers wouldn’t be avail­able. By offering to help, you not only open up op­por­tu­ni­ties for oth­ers to enjoy the sport but you can also gain new skills and ex­pe­ri­ences that could help in un­known ways in the fu­ture.

Ev­ery­body can be a vol­un­teer and ev­ery­body has some­thing to give. If you are in­ter­ested in find­ing a vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion that you can par­tic­i­pate in, start by tak­ing a look in the lo­cal direc­tory and ask­ing around to find what’s out there.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions, the com­mu­nity, the en­vi­ron­ment and of course the vol­un­teers them­selves can gain so much out of vol­un­teer­ing, so give it a go to­day.

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