Plaudits for volunteers
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.