Our un­sung he­roes

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - By FAYE HUD­SON

UN­SUNG he­roes are the vol­un­teers who are the lifeblood of this com­mu­nity.

Whether in schools, churches, sport­ing teams, ser­vice clubs, char­i­ties, so­cial clubs, cul­tural groups or com­mu­nity cen­tres, you will find vol­un­teers in­volved in ad­min­is­tra­tion, or­gan­i­sa­tion, sup­port and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Vol­un­teers are peo­ple from all walks of life, male and fe­male, rang­ing in age from teenagers to se­niors.

A sign of­ten dis­played at vol­un­teer cen­tres sums it up - “vol­un­teers are un­paid, not be­cause they are val­ue­less but be­cause they are price­less.

Fo­cus­ing on three lo­cal un­sung he­roes, I found they had sev­eral things in com­mon - they were self-de­pre­ci­at­ing about their ef­forts, cit­ing oth­ers as more wor­thy of at­ten­tion than them­selves, they had been in­volved in many forms of vol­un­teer­ing, and they held the view the re­ceived more from vol­un­teer­ing than what they put in.

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