Vol­un­teers well worth hon­our­ing

Gatton Star - - NEWS OPINION - Bruce Hor­rocks bruce.hor­rocks@gat­ton­star.com.au

I HAD the plea­sure of be­ing in the crowd on Fri­day night when Gra­ham Nau­mann and Bill Beck­man were af­forded life mem­ber­ship of Lockyer Cham­ber of Com­merce.

I also had the plea­sure of be­ing at the Chrome and Clut­ter Retro Fes­ti­val on Saturday.

I then got to think­ing about the enor­mous im­pact that vol­un­teers play in our com­mu­nity.

Many of the events that we all en­joy are all held on the back of the tremen­dous sup­port of lo­cal vol­un­teers.

Schools, churches, ser­vice clubs, ru­ral fire brigades, sport­ing clubs, State Emer­gency Ser­vices – the dis­ad­van­taged as well as many other lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, groups and clubs all ben­e­fit from the many hours of vol­un­teer labour that are do­nated across the re­gions of Lockyer Val­ley and Som­er­set each week.

Those vol­un­teers are the real he­roes of our com­mu­nity and as the num­bers of vol­un­teers drop due to work and other com­mit­ments, vol­un­teer hours are ac­tu­ally in­creas­ing which means that vol­un­teers are ac­tu­ally work­ing more hours each.

Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week was in May but let’s con­tinue to ac­knowl­edge them, as with­out these vol­un­teers the com­mu­nity would be much poorer and a lot of these events just would not hap­pen.

Also, a lot of the me­nial chores that no one thinks about would not hap­pen.

The vol­un­teers in most cases seek no credit or ac­co­lades, they do it be­cause they want to, not for any other rea­son.

What drives these vol­un­teers in most cases is a de­sire to make their com­mu­ni­ties a bet­ter place to live and work.

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