Plau­dits for vol­un­teers

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Be­hind many of the most im­por­tant ser­vices in the Pil­bara are teams of vol­un­teers, and last week their of­ten un­sung work was ac­knowl­edged with cel­e­bra­tions held across the re­gion for Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week.

The Pil­bara Vol­un­teer Hub and Act-Be­long-Com­mit held an in­tro­duc­tory Step Into Vol­un­teer­ing work­shop last Thurs­day and over the course of the week ran a Face­book cam­paign pro­fil­ing a range of ev­ery­day peo­ple who con­trib­ute to their com­mu­nity in vol­un­teer roles. Hub co-or­di­na­tor Fateha Fahmi said Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week was an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to stop and show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ef­forts of vol­un­teers.

“We hope to in­spire the com­mu­nity to see all the dif­fer­ent ways vol­un­teers make our com­mu­nity great, as well as high­light­ing the added ben­e­fits vol­un­teer­ing can have for our men­tal and phys­i­cal health,” she said.

“There are so many lo­cal pro­grams, com­mu­nity and sport­ing groups that are com­pletely run by vol­un­teers.

“We wanted to show there are plenty of vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved in.”

The City of Kar­ratha held its an­nual emer­gency ser­vices vol­un­teer recog­ni­tion awards at the week­end, pre­sent­ing 11 awards across two nights.

Among the win­ners were Terry Swet­man, who was recog­nised for 25 years of ser­vice with the Kar­raths SES, and Ian An­der­ton for his 20-year con­tri­bu­tion to Port Wal­cott Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue in Wick­ham.

Matthew Bager, Leon My­burgh, Darryl Tay­lor, Michelle Schut, Michael Bur­gon and Al­lan Brown were also recog­nised.

In Tom Price, the St John Am­bu­lance crew, Coun­try Youth am­bu­lance of­fi­cers and Tom Price cadets teamed up to hold a free barbecue for vol­un­teers at the lo­cal mar­kets on Satur­day.

Tom Price SJA com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Lau­ren McDon­ald said it was a way to thank lo­cal vol­un­teers and the sup­port SJA re­ceived from other Tom Price vol­un­tary ser­vices.

Those who wish to be­come in­volved in vol­un­teer­ing should visit the Pil­bara Vol­un­teer Hub Face­book page.

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