Give back to our vol­un­teers

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Street Watch -

THE peak or­gan­i­sa­tion be­hind thou­sands of West Aus­tralian vol­un­teers is gear­ing up to cel­e­brate the won­der­ful peo­ple who gen­er­ously give their time and tal­ents.

Nom­i­na­tions have opened for the an­nual WA Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards and vol­un­teer­ing WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Tina Wil­liams urged peo­ple to take the op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise a spe­cial per­son or or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“These awards serve to high­light the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions of in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions that make WA a bet­ter place to live. We look for­ward to show­cas­ing these in­cred­i­ble vol­un­teers and or­gan­i­sa­tions who are do­ing amaz­ing work in our com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

There are about 600,000 vol­un­teers in WA, from cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions de­liv­er­ing ser­vices to the mums and dads who help out ju­nior sport.

Last year, Raalia Wheeler was named the WA Vol­un­teer of the Year.

Af­ter fire de­stroyed Dwellingup in 1961, Mr Wheeler was in­spired to build an air­field on his ru­ral prop­erty in Coolup and has main­tained it ever since as one of WA’s most cru­cial fire­fight­ing bases.

Nom­i­na­tions for this year’s awards close on March 9. Win­ners will be an­nounced dur­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teers Week.

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