Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

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 can­

Thank you for sup­port­ing our work we couldn’t do it with­out you!

Prof Jeff Dunn, Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land

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