Volunteers well worth honouring
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.