The power to en­rich

The Advocate (Perth) - - NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK - Vol­un­teer­ing WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Tina Wil­liams and chair­man Craig Spencer

WEL­COME to Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion to ac­knowl­edge the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion of our in­cred­i­ble vol­un­teers.

This year, the theme “Give a lit­tle. Change a lot” rep­re­sents the mil­lions of vol­un­teers who make a pro­found im­pact in their com­mu­ni­ties and on so­ci­ety through giv­ing a lit­tle time.

WA en­joys one of the high­est par­tic­i­pa­tion rates in vol­un­teer­ing in Aus­tralia, with four out of five West Aus­tralians do­nat­ing an av­er­age 15.9 hours per month or a stag­ger­ing 190 hours per year.

Treated as a sec­tor in its own right, vol­un­teer­ing is WA's largest in­dus­try by em­ploy­ment.

As the peak body for vol­un­teer­ing in our State, Vol­un­teer­ing WA proudly rep­re­sents 600,000 vol­un­teers and nearly 7000 vol­un­teer-in­volv­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions in WA.

We join with them this week to re­flect on how much our com­mu­ni­ties rely on them.

Whether it's one day per month or a few hours a week, sav­ing a life or im­prov­ing our qual­ity of life, any vol­un­teer­ing con­tri­bu­tion is val­ued and at times im­per­a­tive for our com­mu­ni­ties to thrive.

Across Aus­tralia, vol­un­teer­ing bod­ies, vol­un­teer cen­tres and thou­sands of vol­un­teer-in­volv­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions will share the mes­sage that no mat­ter how much or how lit­tle time you can spare, you still have the power to en­rich your com­mu­nity and some­one's life.

In WA, we are pro­mot­ing this mes­sage by light­ing up some of our State's most sig­nif­i­cant land­marks red, the colour of vol­un­teer­ing. These in­clude the Bell Tower, Par­lia­ment House and the bridge at El­iz­a­beth Quay and we en­cour­age you to take pho­tos and hash­tag us at #nvw2018.

We will also be hon­our­ing some out­stand­ing West Aus­tralians at the WA Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards to be held this week at Hy­att Re­gency Perth, with thanks to sup­port from our awards part­ner Bankwest Foun­da­tion and spon­sors Ad­corp, Bankwest Foun­da­tion, Cho­rus, Com­mu­nity News, Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties, Of­fice of Mul­ti­cul­tural In­ter­ests, Lot­tery­west and Sil­ver Chain.

Find a vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­nity you’ll love at www.vol­un­teer­ingwa.org.au

If we all give a lit­tle, to­gether we can change a lot.

Vol­un­teer­ing WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Tina Wil­liams.

Vol­un­teer­ing WA chair­man Craig Spencer.

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