THANKS TO THE VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers make Australia a better and more caring place to live. This week is National Volunteer Week (9-15 May) and we want to thank all volunteers for everything they do.
Each year across Australia more than 6 million volunteers not only bring happiness to the people and communities they help, but they get to also experience the joy of helping others.
And the benefits of volunteering go much further than that. Volunteers add value to our communities by building trust, relationships and connections between people. Plus they boost social engagement and help communities to share skills and resources. Simply put, volunteers make our communities stronger and more resilient.
There are more than 20,000 Red Cross volunteers in Australia. They support local communities, they help the children of refugees with their homework, they are there in times of disaster both in Australia and overseas, they take the time to talk to those who
are lonely every day, and many other activities. It is all about people helping people in very practical ways.
Thank you to all volunteers – wherever you are and no matter who you volunteer for – your generosity creates a more supportive, connected, inclusive and happier Australia.
Judy Slatyer, Australian Red Cross CEO
fortunate to have the support of more than 1500 registered volunteers and many thousands more supporters who volunteer their time to our campaigns.
In keeping with the ‘give happy, live happy’ theme of NVW, this week we’re asking all our volunteers: what’s your why? We’re taking the time to celebrate why they started volunteering with CCQ, and thanking them for their drive and commitment to our vital cause.
With one Queenslander diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes, the need has never been greater.
While some volunteer out of a sense of duty and others enjoy the social opportunity, all volunteers can be proud that they are making a difference in the fight against cancer.
There’s a role to suit everyone, from office support to fundraising for signature cancer campaigns such as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea or Daffodil Day – all Queenslanders are welcome to be a part of our mission.
Registering is easy, just go to the ‘Be Involved’ section at cancerqld.org.au.
Thank you for supporting our work we couldn’t do it without you!
Prof Jeff Dunn, Cancer Council Queensland