Ap­pre­ci­at­ing our vol­un­teers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Inge Hansen

CYNDI Roughan worked for the Can­non­vale Li­brary for four and a half years be­fore re­tir­ing and de­cid­ing to vol­un­teer. Why? Ms Roughan said vol­un­teer­ing al­lowed her to lend a help­ing hand and keep in touch with the friend­ships she had made.

“I knew they needed help and that was the main mo­ti­va­tor be­cause staffing was short and I just en­joy do­ing it and giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Linda Richard­son is also a vol­un­teer at the li­brary, where she has “worked” for 12 months re-shelv­ing books, putting stick­ers on videos and help­ing in any ways she pos­si­bly can.

“I’ve al­ways loved li­braries and I’ve al­ways wanted to give some­thing back,” Ms Richardon said.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble to know that some­thing I’ve done has helped some­body.”

Last week was Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week and vol­un­teers like Ms Roughan and Ms Richard­son were recog­nised through­out the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity.

Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox showed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the re­gion’s vol­un­teers at a morn­ing tea hosted by the Can­non­vale li­brary last Thurs­day.

He said vol­un­teer work was is an es­sen­tial part of any com­mu­nity.

“It en­cour­ages friend­ships be­tween strangers and friends and helps to build and in­clu­sive so­ci­ety,” he said.

Ms Richard­son said she would en­cour­age oth­ers to get in­volved.

“It’s good fun and the li­brary needs it,” she said.

THANKS: Cr Ron Pet­ter­son, Cyndi Roughan, Jen Run­dle,Linda Richard­son, and Cr Jan Clif­ford

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