Well done to all our vol­un­teers

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - OPINION - CAR­LIE WALKER car­lie.walker@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

IT WAS so spe­cial to be in the com­pany of our gold medal­list Matthew Hauser and the vol­un­teers who did our re­gion proud as they were hon­oured dur­ing a civic cer­e­mony in Mary­bor­ough yes­ter­day.

Some­times I think we for­get how im­por­tant our vol­un­teers are – so lit­tle could be achieved with­out them.

It was touch­ing to see the re­ac­tion of Mr Hauser yes­ter­day when one of the vol­un­teers thanked him for his ter­rific ef­fort at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Straight away he said, ‘no, thanks for your ef­fort’.

When the vol­un­teer protested and said “We wouldn’t have been there if it wasn’t for you,” Mr Hauser replied “Well, with­out you nei­ther would I”.

It was a lovely mo­ment from a young man who ob­vi­ously has a lot of grace and hu­mil­ity.

In this game, we of­ten have to re­port on the sad­der side of news.

It’s a rare priv­i­lege to be among such self­less peo­ple.

So of­ten, whether an event is a ter­rific suc­cess or a flop hinges on peo­ple who are mak­ing a huge ef­fort out of sheer com­mu­nity spirit.

They un­der­stand that while fi­nan­cial gain can be nice, what you gain when you vol­un­teer is so much more valu­able.

Whether it’s friend­ship, a sense of con­tri­bu­tion and con­tent­ment or valu­able new skills, no time spent vol­un­teer­ing is ever wasted.

Mak­ing that self­less con­tri­bu­tion can never be praised enough.

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