Cel­e­brat­ing our vol­lies

Cockburn Gazette - - NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK 2019 -

WEL­COME to Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, a cel­e­bra­tion to ac­knowl­edge the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion of our in­cred­i­ble West Aus­tralian vol­un­teers un­der this year's theme “Mak­ing a world of dif­fer­ence”.

This year is a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant mile­stone as we cel­e­brate the 30th an­niver­sary of this sig­nif­i­cant week.

From May 20-26, thou­sands of events will be held across the coun­try to say thank you to the six mil­lion Aus­tralians who vol­un­teer their time and the week­long cel­e­bra­tion will in­clude breakfasts, morn­ing/af­ter­noon teas and lun­cheons, as well as open days, award cer­e­monies, pic­nics, fo­rums and train­ing ses­sions.

Here in WA, we are for­tu­nate enough to en­joy one of the high­est par­tic­i­pa­tion rates in vol­un­teer­ing in our coun­try, with four out of five West Aus­tralians do­nat­ing an av­er­age of over 3.5 hours per week.

Recog­nis­ing our vol­un­teers has never been more im­por­tant, es­pe­cially when we con­sider the enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion they make in rep­re­sent­ing three-quar­ters of our not-for-profit work­force.

With­out the gen­eros­ity of vol­un­teers, our com­mu­ni­ties would grind to a halt.

As the peak body for vol­un­teer­ing in WA, we proudly rep­re­sent 600,000 vol­un­teers and more than 700 vol­un­teer-in­volv­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions in our State and ex­tend across all ar­eas of Aus­tralian so­ci­ety, from the arts, ed­u­ca­tion, emer­gency ser­vices, sports and en­vi­ron­ment to health, com­mu­nity wel­fare, aged care and dis­abil­ity ser­vices.

These are the West Aus­tralians that are mak­ing a world of dif­fer­ence.

In WA, we are pro­mot­ing this mes­sage by lighting up some of our state's most sig­nif­i­cant build­ings red. The lo­ca­tions of the build­ings, in­clud­ing Par­lia­ment House, Perth Con­cert Hall and The Bell Tower, are on our web­site vol­un­teer­ing wa.org.au and we en­cour­age you to take pho­tos and hash­tag us at #NVW2019

We will also be hon­our­ing some out­stand­ing West Aus­tralians at the WA Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards to be held this week at the Crown Perth, with sup­port from our award spon­sors Bankwest, Com­mu­nity News, De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties, Lot­tery­west, Of­fice of Mul­ti­cul­tural In­ter­ests, NeonLogic, Sil­ver Chain and YMCA WA.

We in­vite all West Aus­tralians to join us in thank­ing our WA vol­un­teers, and en­cour­age any­one with even an hour to spare to be inspired to make a dif­fer­ence to their world and some­one else’s by search­ing for a vol­un­teer­ing po­si­tion at vol­un­teer­ingwa.org.au.

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